When couples get divorced, there are times where they can amicably agree on all terms of their divorce. Unfortunately, often, this is not the case. When a couple cannot agree on the terms of their divorce, they are in what is known as a contested divorce. As you can imagine, those who are in contested divorces have a lot to think about, and if you are one of them, you should strongly consider hiring an experienced Los Angeles divorce attorney who can fight for your rights through every step of the process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What is at stake in a contested divorce?
If you are getting divorced in California, you should understand that you have a lot on the line. The following are all at stake during the contested divorce process:
- Property distribution terms, including that of your home, any vehicles you own, and more.
- Child custody terms
- Child support terms
- Spousal support terms
Should I consider mediation?
As you can imagine, the contested divorce process can sometimes become quite challenging for all parties involved. This is why many couples will simply choose mediation over litigation. This is for several reasons. To start, when you choose litigation, a judge will ultimately settle your divorce, meaning he or she will determine the outcome of your divorce. Additionally, litigation is often a costly, time-consuming process, and choosing mitigation can save you both time and money, as well as frustration. Essentially, a divorce mediator is an unbiased third party, appointed by you and your spouse. The mediator will hear both of your concerns and work to reach a compromise that suits both of your needs, all outside of a courtroom setting. You should also note that many couples choose mediation because, in litigation, the terms of your divorce become part of the public record. This is not so when it comes to mediation. Finally, many couples find that mediation is also best if they have children. Because litigated divorce is often so high-conflict, it often has an effect on the couple’s children, as they see their parents fight and often may even have to appear for the divorce proceedings. Mediation, on the other hand, is typically low-conflict and often does not require the children to appear in court. If you have any additional questions, simply give us a call today.
Contact our experienced Los Angeles firm
Divorce and family law issues are notoriously complicated and personal, which is why you must hire an attorney with years of experience, as well as the compassion and skill needed to handle these sensitive matters. For the qualified, dedicated legal representation you and your family deserve and need, contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today.