Think of marriage as an implied partnership contract. I know you were not thinking like that at the time of your "I do" (neither was I). Nevertheless, at marriage two people unite to create an entity, i.e., a family. At divorce, this entity, all debts and assets, must be equitably divided into two reasonably equal portions. In addition, and of greater importance, is the determination of what custody arrangement is in the best interests of your children. The judicial system is not at its best when dealing with divorce, unraveling your family is not something any judge wants to do. For this reason, mediation is required and usually proves to be very beneficial. In mediation, you and I will work to find a solution that is best for you, and best for your children. Mediation will be structured and conducted by a licensed mediator. I have had great success resolving divorces by mediation.
I have conducted many, many divorce trials when an agreement could not be reached. Sometimes mediation simply does not bring about a resolution. Divorce trials are the final option, and you do not get a "do over." An attorney's trial skills are developed over time. If you are heading to trial you need a trial attorney. I am happy to provide references from satisfied clients.
If you view divorce as a blood sport, if you want to do as much damage as possible on your way out, your divorce will be an expensive and protracted affair. If, on the other hand, you are willing to make reasonable compromises concerning the division of asset, allocation of debt and custody of children, we can work through the process quickly and at a minimal cost.
If you choose to try a Pro Se (without an attorney) divorce, I will assist you in filing the Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP) forms. Give me a call and we can discuss the options.
Attorney at Law, Domestic Mediations
2485 Grant Ave. #100