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Divorce options


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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 />