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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Kitchen Table

The “Kitchen Table” Approach

This approach is as it sounds. Ideally you sit down with your spouse at the kitchen table to try and talk through how to resolve your divorce. The point is that the two of you talking through what the two of you believe is the best way to divide property, share income, and co-parent your children.

The “Kitchen Table” Advantages

  • This can be a cost-effective way to work out your divorce issues.
  • This method assumes that neither party will hire an attorney.
  • This can be a much less stressful way to work through issues if you can sit down with your spouse and have amicable conversations.
  • You can move through the process more quickly because you are only limited by your respective schedules and not the court or other professionals’ schedules.

The “Kitchen Table” Disadvantages

  • Not every couple can effectively work through contested issues. This method requires cooperation.
  • A power disadvantage and/or knowledge imbalance regarding the assets and debts means that one party might be at a disadvantage and not even know it.
  • The Court expects you to follow court rules that you may not even know exist.
  • Because you do not know what you do not know, the resolution you and your spouse reach could create long term problems for both or one of you.
  • Legal documents are complicated and you are required to complete them properly without getting legal advice from the court clerks.
  • There may be negative tax consequences to your agreed-upon property division or income-sharing.
  • You may miss procedural steps creating significant consequences that get discovered down the road when it is too late or is much more costly to correct.

The Kitchen Table process does not usually involve professional assistance; but California Divorce Lawyer Kathy Campbell wants clients to know all available options before making a final decision about the process you want to use to finalize their divorce.