What is the best divorce solution for your family? Collaborative Divorce or Mediation?

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Campbell Family Law helps clients divorce differently because they deserve better choices in the outcome.  We only work in the out-of-court processes of mediation, collaborative divorce, and collaborative mediation to provide clients with the flexibility they need and want without the spectacle or tragedy that a litigated divorce often is.

Campbell Family Law prepares and empower clients to live their new liberated life to the fullest.

Collaborative Divorce

Stage One: Committing to the Process → Stage Two: Information Gathering → Stage Three: Brainstorming Options → Stage Four: Negotiating Solutions → Stage Five: Reaching an Agreement

Stage One: Committing to the Process
Stage Two: Information Gathering
Stage Three: Brainstorming Options
Stage Four: Negotiating Solutions
Stage Five: Reaching an Agreement

Collaborative Divorce is a legal process enabling couples who have decided to separate or end their marriage to work with their lawyers and other professionals to avoid the uncertain outcome of court decisions and to achieve a settlement that best meets the specific needs of both parties and their children.

Mediation

Stage One: Neutral Mediator → State Two: Information Sharing → Stage Three: Negotiating with Parties → Stage Four: Final Agreement

Stage One: Neutral Mediator
State Two: Information Sharing
Stage Three: Negotiating with Parties
Stage Four: Final Agreement

Mediation is a dynamic, structured, interactive process where a neutral third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. As a mediator Ms. Campbell also prepares the documents the court requires to finalize a dissolution to insure each couples’ agreements are enforceable should that prove necessary.

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Child Support

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California believes it is important that both parents support their child to their best of their financial ability. The process of determining child support is done through a child support calculation program. One example is the Dissomaster.

Ideally the mathematical calculations make support more predictable for families. And in most litigation child support orders, a support calculation forms the basis of the support figures used. However, even with the ‘predictable’ formula child support numbers vary widely depending on who provides the calculation inputs, how income is calculated, what filing status is used, what deductions are used, etc.

In a Collaborative Divorce and/or Mediation, we also look at the entire family’s needs as part of the income sharing discussion. Ideally, the child’s home with each parent is roughly equivalent. One of the basic differences between determining child support in the consent dispute processes versus litigation is that the parents are more intimately involved in that conversation than they might be in a litigation setting. In consent processes the support conversation does not default to a support calculation formula. The flexibility of collaborative divorce or mediation allow families to exercise more control over the final support resolution.

Childcare, Medical Expenses, and Children’s Activity Fees

Some parents have concerns about who should cover the costs of childcare. While you can ask to have those costs shared disproportionately based on each party’s respective income; parents usually share equally the childcare costs incurred to allow a parent to work, look for a job, or go to school.

Unreimbursed medical expenses are also shared equally by default. These can be expenses for health insurance cost shares or copays, prescriptions, therapy, dental care, orthodontia or braces, vision, glasses, and/or contacts, etc.

Children’s activities fees for those agreed-upon activities are also typically shared by the parents. Parents can agree to share the cost for soccer, piano lessons, or other activities. If the parents don’t agree in advance, then the parent seeking the child’s involvement must pay the fees.

However, the child may not be enrolled in activities over objection that interfere with the other’s parenting time.