In baseball talk, you and your spouse have rounded third base and are headed toward home plate. Home plate is peace. Home plate is knowing that despite your differences you and your spouse were able to work together and save yourself from years of litigation and tens of thousands of dollars in lawyer’s fees to get to the final phase of the divorce mediation process – resolution.
Settlement can be easy and in many cases, especially those where the spouses have minimal assets in dispute and agree on most of custody terms, we can help you resolve all of your divorce issues in one session. But regardless of how simple or complex your divorce may be, Farzad Family Law’s methodical approach gets you the best chance to get to home plate and slide in safe with a settlement.
Here are the steps to this last phase of your divorce mediation:
1. We will identify the issues that contain the least amount of disagreement between you and your spouse. For example, if you and your spouse agree that the family residence must be sold, you have agreed on an agent and you have already divided the furniture and furnishings, we will write up that portion of the divorce agreement and set it aside.
2. If custody is not yet resolved, we tackle that second. That is because so many other issues revolve around child custody and visitation including child support.
3. We help you settle the child support and alimony issues, if they exist in your case. Child support is simple. It’s a computer program that judges and lawyers use. Alimony is a bit more complicated and we have to look at your marital lifestyle and get a good idea of issues such as need and ability to pay.
4. We help you divide the assets and debts. If an asset was purchased during the marriage or a debt was incurred during the marriage, most of the time it is community property and divided 50/50 in a divorce. However, assets and debts can sometimes be a “mix” of community (shared) and separate (owned or owed in part by one spouse). No problem. We know the law. You will know it too. We will look carefully at the asset and debt and if it is not as simple as finding a logical and reasonable way of splitting it 50/50, we will take you through the other options available in those partial community and separate property assets and debts.
5. Once we have resolution on most or all of the terms in your divorce mediation, we confirm everything in writing and prepare the final settlement documents that are signed by both of you as well as the Family Court.
Sound easy? It can be if you and your spouse cooperate through the mediation process.
In addition to saving time and money, there is one other thing you avoid throughout your Orange County divorce mediation – stress – that of uncertainty and the adversarial litigation process.
Ready to make the right choice? Contact us today and we’ll get you on that path.