What options are right for you? Consultations at the Law Offices of Donna L Smith will start with listening to the facts in your case, then we’ll discuss how the law applies to you, how the legal system works, and which of the four-ways-to-divorce fits your circumstances. Call today for confidential consultation, (530) 477-7172 or contact us by email.
In simpler cases parties can sometimes sit down together and work out their settlement agreement. A decision whether this option is right can be made by looking at your financial resources, complexity of the issues, and the emotional climate. You may choose to seek help or advice from other professionals to understand issues or implement your agreements.
Mediation is good choice where the individuals value relationship and want to resolve their dispute with respect and fairness but need help navigating through the rough dynamics that breakdown their communication. With a neutral mediator facilitating, parties hear each other’s needs and interests, and then make decisions together that further well being for themselves and their family.
Stay out of court! Like mediation in significant ways, but differing with its team-approach to reaching settlement, collaborative divorce, when it works, creates a supportive and effective network of legal, financial, and mental health professionals to facilitate out-of-court marital settlements between couples and assure that their children’s well being is protected.
Although 95% of all cases settle before trial, the court can settle matters when, for one reason or another, parties are unable to reach solutions either on their own, or through mediation, or through collaboration. When litigation is the path to closure, legal consultation, legal coaching, limited scope representation, or traditional representation are options to be considered.