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Ventura Divorce Lawyers

Collaborative Divorce Services

Not all divorces have to be adversarial or litigation intensive. You can handle the matter amicably through collaborative divorce.

Collaborative divorce is a family law sub-specialty and an effective way to resolve your divorce – and other family law issues – in a respectful manner. This means neither you nor your lawyer will need to go to court. It also means that you and your spouse will not be treated as opposing parties in a hostile litigation process. Instead, the two of you will be able to retain full control of your divorce case.

The Collaborative Divorce Experience

As your collaborative attorneys, we will guide you through all the issues that need to be addressed in your case and work diligently with your spouse and his/or herlawyer to settle your case. We do our best to understand each party’s differing perspective and will help you develop a reasonable solution. During this process, you and your spouse will make all the decisions. The resulting agreement will truly be yours – not one that has been imposed upon you.

We achieve this through a series of meetings between the two parties, each party’s lawyer, and sometimes other neutral experts – as needed.

The primary focus of our four-way meetings is to identify each party’s priorities, goals, needs, and interests, and help you and your spouse progress toward a settlement that is consistent with your priorities, goals, needs, and interests. The parties make their own decisions based on their wants and needs, and we provide the professional advice.

Do You Need a Lawyer for Divorce?

Hiring an attorney is not a requirement to divorce. There are ways to file on your own and represent yourself. However, retaining the services of an experienced lawyer is always recommended. A skilled attorney will be able to help you navigate through the complex areas of law that pertain to any divorce.

It is a common misconception that hiring an attorney will cause your divorce to become lengthier and more costly. At our firm, we have compassion and respect for all our clients who are going through this difficult time. We examine opportunities that will help expedite your divorce without overlooking critical steps.

Additional reasons to hire a lawyer for divorce include:

  • We can handle all the excess paperwork and documents that may seem overwhelming
  • We develop strategies that tailor to your priorities and needs
  • We will recommend which issues are worth your time pursuing
  • If there are assets that your spouse may be hiding, we can help discover them

Our objective is to save you time and headache. We will work with you every step of the way to achieve both short and long-term results.

Adversarial, Litigated Divorce Services

Although the collaborative process can be an effective resolution for some clients, it is not right for every case. For some cases, an amicable resolution is not possible. Litigated dispute resolution is sometimes the only option, which can be overwhelming to a family.

This is when it becomes critical to retain an experienced attorney you can trust in the event that your spouse tries to take advantage of you.

Our attorneys have over 70 years experience representing clients with all their divorce and separation needs.

What Is the Process for Getting Divorced in California?

If you do not qualify for a summary dissolution, a typical divorce consists of the following steps:

  • One spouse will file for divorce and serve the other divorce papers.
  • The spouse who was served has 30 days to file a response.
  • One spouse may request a temporary child custody, child support, and/or restraining order if needed.
  • The spouses go through a discovery period where they prepare the Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure, disclosing information about their finances, assets, property, and debts.
  • If each spouse has an attorney, they will all discuss a settlement.
  • If the case is resolved with an agreement, one attorney will prepare a Marital Settlement Agreement and each spouse, along with their attorneys, will sign this.
  • If a settlement cannot be reached, the case will be taken to court.
  • Once a settlement has been reached – whether by a Marital Settlement Agreement or court order– a judge will issue a Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage.

How Long Does It Take to Get Divorced/End a Domestic Partnership in California?

The divorce process takes at least 6 months to finalize and starts once one spouse files for divorce and serves his/her spouse/domestic partner with divorces papers.. It may take longer to finalize a divorce in California, but it will not be shorter than 6 months to complete.

Our Promise as Your Ventura Divorce Lawyers

Our lawyers can handle all aspects of a divorce, whether collaborative or adversarial in nature. We can litigate with aggression, or negotiate with compassion, employing whatever method is in your best interest.

Protect your children. Protect your family, now.

Contact us online or give us a call at (805) 222-7818 and let us know how we can assist with your divorce or separation.

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Helping Families in Ventura Through Life's Difficult Choices

Our Values

Why Our Firm Is the Right Choice
  • Holistic Approach

    We aim to resolve conflict so you and your family can move on peacefully. We approach all aspects of a case, including the emotional, financial, and mental components, and advocate with you throughout.

  • Collaboration

    Collaborative divorce can be a great option for spouses looking to share joint custody of their child/children and the court looks favorably on this decision. When possible, we strive to come to a resolution that will benefit both spouses.

  • Children Come First

    We respect the fact that our clients trust us with important life-decisions. We strive to be as understanding and empathetic as we can with you and treat you like we would treat a close family member.

  • Compassionate Legal Services

    We respect the fact that our clients trust us with important life-decisions. We strive to be as understanding and empathetic as we can with you and treat you like we would treat a close family member.