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Westlake Divorce Attorneys Guiding You Through Difficult Times

Westlake Divorce Lawyers

We Offer Personalized Divorce Services

Divorce is never anyone’s first choice. We know that this decision is one that you did not make lightly, and we understand how stressful, overwhelming, and isolating divorce can be. With this in mind, SANTO MEHAS, A Professional Law Corporation, works hard to provide clients with the range of personalized divorce services they need to feel confident and supported. With 70 years of legal experience, our attorneys have the skill and knowledge you are looking for. When you work with our Westlake divorce attorneys, we aim to help you achieve the most favorable outcome possible.

Call our law firm at (805) 222-7818 or send us a message online to schedule a confidential consultation. 

Amicable vs. Adversarial Divorce Processes in California

Generally speaking, there are two types of divorces in California: uncontested and contested. Uncontested divorces are when the spouses agree on all aspects of their divorce. Typically, these are the most amicable divorces and do not require court intervention. Contested divorces are when the spouses disagree on certain aspects of their divorce. Even one contested matter will mean a couple must undergo the contested divorce process. Additionally, those going through a contested divorce may find that they must attend divorce court to litigate their divorce before a judge.

Ways that working with an experienced attorney may benefit you include:

  • Professional guidance on important legal matters
  • Avoidance of costly legal mistakes
  • Reduced stress and peace of mind
  • Someone on your side, protecting your rights

No matter which type of divorce you are going through, it is always recommended that you work with experienced legal counsel. Even the most straightforward, amicable divorces can be complicated, and mistakes are easy to mistake. However, by working with a skilled divorce lawyer like ours, you can rest assured that all aspects of your divorce will be handled professionally and correctly, saving you time and money.

Divorce Mediation Benefits

Many people ask us how divorce mediation works and what its benefits are. When you and your spouse decide to mediate your divorce, you will meet with a neutral, third-party mediator to negotiate your divorce settlement. The mediator acts as a facilitator, helping you and your spouse come to terms. The mediator does not take sides, does not tell you what to do, and does not provide legal guidance. Because of this, it is also recommended that you and your spouse each retain your own legal representation to assist you during the mediation process.

Common divorce issues that can be mediated include:

Mediation can be very beneficial as it helps couples work through their divorce disputes without having to go to court. This fosters a less stressful and antagonistic divorce process and can help co-parents develop a strong foundation for future dispute resolution. Mediation is also beneficial in that it keeps your divorce private. When a divorce has to be litigated in court, the matter becomes part of the public record, something many wish to avoid.

We Are Experienced Divorce Litigators

In cases where a couple cannot agree on divorce terms, the divorce may need to be litigated in court. This means taking your matter before a judge and having the court decide the outcome. Though this may be a stressful prospect, you do not have to go through it alone. SANTO MEHAS, A Professional Law Corporation, is here to help. We understand how challenging it is to litigate a divorce, and we appreciate that this may not have been your first choice. Our lawyers are here for you during this difficult time, and we are committed to helping you through it, one step at a time.

Schedule a consultation with one of our Westlake divorce attorneys today. Send us a message online or call us at (805) 222-7818

An Emphasis on Strong Family Values

Our firm places a strong emphasis on the importance of family values. The balance between maintaining these family values and generating a better future for you and your family is one we strive to achieve with each case. Our values consist of:
  • 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.

Our Satisfied Clients

Real Stories from Real People
  • “I would definitely recommend their firm for anyone who needs family law assistance!”
    The SantoMehas team has been exceptional in handling my case. They are very experienced, have given me good advice and representation, and they have worked on my particularly complex case almost as if I were family. They have shown support beyond professionally, but also personally. They have worked with me financially, and are very fair and understanding. I would definitely recommend their firm for anyone who needs family law assistance!
    - Heather L.
  • “5 stars is not enough.”
    5 stars is not enough. Mr. Mehas and Ms. Santo are the A team of attorneys. They are comprehensive, strategic, one step ahead, and a powerful team! When you hire the Santo Mehas firm to manage your case, you have hired a team of legal advocates who care, who will keep you informed, who will fight for you, and be the voice you need to represent you. Without the help of the entire firm, I know that I would not have had the successful outcomes I have had. They took on an extremely difficult case and encountered issues that no one expected and few had ever seen. They worked tirelessly to make sure that the truth was told and presented it perfectly. They stood by every one of my requests and guided me through the entire lengthy process. Though there were challenges, they strategically and diligently with compassion met them head on and never faltered. Their expertise and thoroughness provided us the pathway we needed to rise to victory. I am proud to be a client and will continue to retain them for all legal matters that may arise as I know I am in the best hands.
    - Christy B.
  • “Donna is amazing! Very supportive, quick with response and willing to fight for you.”
    Donna is amazing! Very supportive, quick with response and willing to fight for you. She made my proceedings go so smoothly, provided all information and options I needed to decide what was best for me, and is there if I'm in need of any other information. Highly recommend!
    - Anonymous
  • “Michael and Donna are amazing!”
    Michael and Donna are amazing! Very supportive, quick with responses and they made my proceedings go so smoothly, providing all information and options I needed to decide what was best for me, and are there if I'm in need of any other information. Highly recommended!
    - Kristin N.
  • “Mr. Mehas is very kind and approachable”
    “Mr. Mehas is very kind and approachable”
    - Nicole H.
  • “Donna did a great job on my divorce.”
    “They kept the case on track, knew which options were optimal, and responded well to my preferences for proceeding.They kept legal bills to a minimum as they worked expertly on my behalf.”
    - David
  • “During an emotional and stressful trial, she was the voice of calm and reason.”
    “Donna Santo has gone above and beyond the call of duty. She evaluated the case and set a road map towards a realistic goal. Donna continuously deescalated personal issues and conflicts while keeping the focus on the welfare of the child involved.”
    - Eli G.
  • “They were there for me from the beginning to the end”
    “They were there for me from the beginning to the end”
    - Lawrence J.