“I want a divorce.” It is something you never thought either you or your spouse would say, yet you now find yourself facing the possibility. Where do you go from here? The first thing we recommend is to decide whether divorce is inevitable or if a further evaluation might be needed. Here are some recommendations of what to do if your spouse tells you that he/she wants a divorce. Is Counseling … [Read more...] about What to Do When Your Spouse Wants a Divorce
Divorce is a difficult emotional process even when both parties agree that it is in their best interest to separate. It can be made more difficult when one or both spouses have misconceptions about how the process works. Here are some of the most common misconceptions that people frequently have about divorce in California. Going to court will get them “justice.” Justice means … [Read more...] about Four Common Misconceptions About Divorce in California
The COVID-19 pandemic has put many activities on hold and it certainly has placed limitations on the availability of the court system. If you’re thinking about ending your marriage during these times, you can use a process known as Mediation or Collaborative Divorce which is completely outside of the court system. Collaborative Divorce or Mediation Works in the Time of COVID-19 Whether you … [Read more...] about Can I Get a Divorce During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
The road to get to the decision to divorce is a long one. A track record of countless arguments and unbearable tension may have left you both on eggshells whenever you need to have a talk - worried that each conversation could explode into a disaster. You might find it helpful to learn that once spouses make the joint decision to divorce, there often is a moment of clarity where they … [Read more...] about How to Talk with Your Spouse about Divorce Mediation
Once a couple decides that divorce is in their future and start to do their research, they quickly learn that there are different processes to choose for your divorce. In the past 10 years, divorce mediation has become much more common, even for high net worth cases like Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. The idea of a peaceful, out-of-court process sounds enticing, especially … [Read more...] about How to Tell if Divorce Mediation is the Best Path for Your Divorce
As a conscientious parent, you likely are already aware that child support is one of the most critical issues to settle in a divorce. Even if you aren’t married, child support is what continues to link you to your child’s other parent as you lead separate lives, especially if you have young children. Sure, you could head down to the local domestic relations office to file a claim, but … [Read more...] about How Child Support Works in Divorce Mediation
Before couples commit to using mediation for their divorce, they want to know exactly what’s involved in the divorce mediation process. While every case is different, there are essentially six steps. Let’s walk through each one, so you know what to expect, how to prepare, and how long it could take. Step 1 - Initial Consultation Before we begin working together, it’s important to … [Read more...] about What are the Steps of the Divorce Mediation Process?
Scheduling a consultation for divorce mediation can feel like a big step for both you and your spouse. It’s a statement that the two of you have decided to move beyond considering separation and divorce, and are ready to legally formalize a major life transition. It is usually too soon to schedule a consultation for divorce mediation if only one spouse is on board. You might view the … [Read more...] about What to Expect in a Consultation with Kim Mediation & Law Center
Now that you have decided to divorce, you might be asking, what is the actual first step I am supposed to take? You are aware that divorce is a legal process, whether or not you actually hire a lawyer or mediator, and therefore, recognize that there are legal forms for divorce that must be completed. And, if you have done your own taxes, you know that legal forms are never as … [Read more...] about FL 140 and Declaration of Disclosure: Transparency in CA Divorce
If you're preparing for your divorce mediation sessions, it's time to get organized. In order to make informed decisions, you'll need to gather several documents about your finances, insurance, and taxes. This blog provides a comprehensive divorce mediation checklist - everything you may need during your mediation. But don't panic at the size of this list. Just focus on the ones applicable to … [Read more...] about What You Need to Bring to Divorce Mediation