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  • Family Law Center was founded in 1991 by attorney-mediator Carol Delzer to assist people in resolving the issues surrounding divorce as peacefully as possible. We handle more divorce mediation cases than any other practice in the greater Sacramento area.
  • Despite movies such as Kramer versus Kramer or War of the Roses depicting divorce open warfare of the nastiest kind, there are alternatives to ugly court battles. Here you’ll see five paths through the divorce process, which we call Divorce Choices. As you can see they are Limited Legal Services, Mediation, Collaborative, Cooperative, and Litigation. This graphic shows the choices along with what might be expected with each alternative in terms of financial and emotional costs.
  • Limited Legal Services is using an attorney for specific services such as reviewing legal documents or for legal advice on specific aspects of the divorce.
  • Mediation is an affordable alternative where a mediator acts as a neutral third party who helps the divorcing spouses define and settle legal, parenting and other difficult issues. It is Settlement Oriented with a Neutral Third Party, the mediator. Mediation is more affordable than traditional divorce. ADD MORE HERE.
  • The Collaborative approach is a structured process to express and resolve conflict in a non-adversarial environment where the objective is settlement, not going to trial. It is different than mediation because each spouse has his or her own attorney. ADD MORE
  • A Cooperative Divorce is a process that has many of the same features of a collaborative divorce, but the divorcing spouses retain the option of going to court if absolutely necessary. This might happen because xxxxxxxxxx
  • Litigation is an adversarial process that turns to the court to solve problems. Think Kramer versus Kramer. Litigation and the focus on “winning” puts the power in a judge’s hands, often because the spouses cannot cooperate enough to agree on what’s best for them and their children.
  • And so, just to compare these divorce choices – or alternatives – for just a moment. As you can see here… SPEAK ABOUT THE CHART.
  • Another big factor for many divorcing couples is COST. Questions that come up includes things like “How Can We Keep the Cost Down?” and “What Will It Cost?”
  • What Will This Cost? Factors influencing what a divorce case will cost include the level of cooperation from both parties and unforeseen issues that arise during the divorce. How Can We Keep the Cost Down? “Divorce Done Differently” begins with you and one of our attorneys making every reasonable effort to establish an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation between all parties. In this environment, we usually find we can arrive at cooperative solutions and preserve each spouse’s dignity, resulting in lower conflict -- very often at a reduced cost.
  • Another important thing to keep in mind is the emotional costs of divorce. There are many things people can do to reduce the pain of divorce and our attorney-mediators have many years of experience helping clients minimize the emotional toll of divorce.
  • At Family Law Center, one of the things we strongly advocate is that divorcing parents learn to get along for the sake of the children. This is called Co-Parenting. The idea is that although they aren’t going to be married anymore, they will forever be parents together. To that end, we believe that people can minimize the emotional costs of divorce by doing some of the following things: We help people … (read No. 1)We help people… (read No. 2)We help people… (read No. 3), etc.
  • We help people … (read No. 6)We help people… (read No. 7)We help people… (read No. 8), etc.
  • Other issues our attorneys can handle include working with unmarried parents and domestic partnerships. Providing clients with a settlement-option analysis. Helping clients with cash flow and support issues that xxxxxxxxxx. We offer estate planning and interface well with other professionals you may use, such as financial advisers or other specialists.
  • We are DIVORCE DONE DIFFERENTLY.
  • Divorce options

    1. 1. Carol F. Delzer<br />Founder &<br />Attorney-Mediator<br />Family Law Center was founded to <br />assist people in resolving the issues surrounding divorce as peacefully and painlessly as possible. <br />We handle more divorce mediation <br />cases than any other practice <br />in the greater Sacramento area.<br />
    2. 2. tAlternatives in the Divorce Process<br /> $ <br /> $$ <br /> $$$ <br /> $$$$$<br /> $$$ <br />
    3. 3. Limited Legal Services:<br />For clients who represent themselves, but utilize an attorney for specific services, such as reviewing legal documents or <br />for legal advice. <br />limited legal services<br />mediation<br />collaborative<br />cooperative<br />litigation<br />
    4. 4. Mediation: <br />An affordable alternative where a mediator acts as a neutral third party who helps define and settle legal and other difficult issues<br />limited legal services<br />mediation<br />collaborative<br />cooperative<br />litigation<br />
    5. 5. Collaborative:<br />A structured process to express and resolve conflict in a non-adversarial environment; the objective is settlement, not trial. <br />limited legal services<br />mediation<br />collaborative<br />cooperative<br />litigation<br />
    6. 6. Cooperative:<br />A process with the features of a collaborative divorce that retains the option of going to court <br />if absolutely necessary<br />limited legal services<br />mediation<br />collaborative<br />cooperative<br />litigation<br />
    7. 7. Litigation:<br />An adversarial process that turns to the court <br />to solve problems<br />limited legal services<br />mediation<br />collaborative<br />cooperative<br />litigation<br />
    8. 8. tAlternatives in the Divorce Process<br />Comparing Divorce Alternatives<br />Settlement Oriented or Adversarial?<br />
    9. 9. tAlternatives in the Divorce Process<br />Comparing Divorce Alternatives<br />Level of Attorney Involvement<br />
    10. 10. tAlternatives in the Divorce Process<br />Comparing Divorce Alternatives<br />Process Emphasis<br />
    11. 11. tAlternatives in the Divorce Process<br />Comparing Divorce Alternatives<br />Who Gets to Decide?<br />
    12. 12. t Keeping the Cost Down<br />What Will This Cost? <br />How Can We Keep The Costs Down? <br />
    13. 13. How Can We Keep the Cost Down? <br />“Divorce Done Differently” begins with a client and one of our attorneys making every reasonable effort to establish an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation between all parties. In this environment, we usually find we can arrive at cooperative solutions and preserve each spouse’s dignity, resulting in lower conflict -- very often at a reduced cost. <br />
    14. 14. What Will This Cost? <br />Factors influencing what a divorce case will cost include the level of cooperation from both parties and unforeseen issues that arise during the divorce. <br />
    15. 15. What About the Emotional Costs?<br />There are many <br />things a client can do to reduce the pain of divorce for you and your family. Our <br />attorney-mediators have many years of experience helping clients minimize the emotional toll of divorce. <br />
    16. 16. To Minimize Emotional Costs, We Help People… <br />#1 Transition from Marriage Partners to “Parenting Partners.” <br />#2 Gain the other parent’s trust by keeping agreements and promises.<br />#3 Learn to keep money issues and children issues separate.<br />#4 Understand that saying bad things about the other parent hurts children, who love both parents. <br />#5 Let small irritations about the<br />other parent go. Stick to the big concerns and you’ll get more respect.<br />
    17. 17. To Minimize Emotional Costs, We Help People… <br />#6 Learn to avoid putting children in the middle of adult disputes.<br />#7 Be positive role models for children. Focus on making the best of things and so will your children.<br />#8 Learn to cooperate. A cooperative environment between parents make children feel safe.<br />#9 See that having relationships with both parents is key; children suffer when divorce disrupts a relationship.<br />#10 Believe that simple courtesy <br />often is the best answer. Legal battles rarely help. Learn to get along.<br />
    18. 18. t Other Issues Our Attorneys Can Handle <br /><ul><li>Unmarried Parents
    19. 19. Domestic Partnerships
    20. 20. Settlement Option Analysis
    21. 21. Cash Flow and Support
    22. 22. Estate Planning- Wills and Trusts
    23. 23. Interfacing with Financial Advisers
    24. 24. Working with Other Specialists </li></li></ul><li>Q & A<br />Q & A<br />“Divorce Done <br />Differently” <br />

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