Many people have the mistaken belief that when you’re getting a divorce, the first thing you need to do is call a lawyer. Although divorce does require you to work through the legal system, hiring a lawyer isn’t always in your best interests, especially if you and your spouse can work together and use divorce mediation instead. The team from Divorce Options San Diego—professionals who provide expert divorce mediation San Diego couples trust to help them create amicable, customized divorce solutions—explain how mediation works and why it’s not necessary to hire a lawyer.
Know the Difference Between Mediators and Lawyers
There are many differences between mediators and lawyers, but the biggest one is that a mediator is able to work with both you and your spouse to reach an agreement. A lawyer typically represents only one party in a divorce, which means you’ll need to have at least two attorneys in order for each party to be fairly represented. A mediator also differs from a lawyer in terms of techniques. While a lawyer might promote an antagonistic way of handling the divorce, a mediator will work hard to keep things as amicable as possible throughout the proceedings.
Understand How Lawyers Can Slow Down Your Divorce
People sometimes try to hire lawyers right away because they believe it will help them get what they want. Unfortunately, this tactic often backfires. Lawyers often pit the two parties against each other, and the one you hire could take an aggressive approach that slows down the proceedings. For instance, a stalemate on child custody could cause your divorce to go on for months while your children suffer through the confusion. The extra time spent on trying to reach an agreement can also cause you to spend more money and experience higher levels of stress than necessary.
Give Mediation Your Best Efforts
The best way to find out if you need a lawyer for your divorce is to start with mediation. In many cases, a divorce agreement is reached within just the first few sessions, which lets the couple know a lawyer won’t be necessary. While it’s sometimes challenging, working on things such as using positive communication skills and choosing to cooperate on issues that matter to both you and your spouse is better than having to fight it out in court.
Get More of What You Want in the Divorce Settlement
When lawyers set up an anger-filled court battle, you can expect to lose on at least a few issues. All the arguing and battling in court can lead the judge to lean in your spouse’s favor on issues that matter to you the most. With mediation, you can keep things civil so you’re able to think more clearly about what you want. You and your spouse can even work with the mediator to create a customized agreement that includes details that are personally important, such as who gets the kids for special holidays. Being able to create an amicable agreement through mediation instead of fighting it out through lawyers can save you time, money, and frustration.
All the financial, legal, psychological, and practical aspects of honorable, respectful divorce agreements can be managed by Divorce Options San Diego’s experienced, trustworthy divorce mediators. San Diego couples can rely on our specialized comprehensive process, which is so thorough they won’t need to hire attorneys. To learn how we can help you with every aspect of your divorce, call us today at 858-281-2628.
Divorce is one of those events in life that people sometimes just don’t see coming until the last second. Alternatively, some people know they need a divorce for years before they finally get the courage to stop living in denial. Either way, the San Diego divorce mediation experts from Divorce Options San Diego suggest these five warning signs should alert you to the need to prepare for the possible ending of your marriage.
1. You’re No Longer Physically Affectionate
That initial romantic spark you felt at the beginning of your marriage may wane over the years as life’s challenges interfere. However, you and your partner should still find each other physically attractive, whether you express it with a kiss when you get home from work or a quick pat on the back as you walk by each other. You should worry if all physical interactions suddenly stop.
2. You Struggle Through Every Interaction
Trying to plan what to eat for dinner shouldn’t be a terrible struggle every day. The same goes for things such as dealing with your child’s behavior or even choosing something to watch on television. When every one of your daily interactions is filled with strife, you should be concerned about what’s causing constant tension between you and your spouse.
3. You Feel Contempt or Resentment Toward Your Spouse
Your spouse may have made some mistakes during your marriage. They could be big ones, such as having an affair or mismanaging your finances. They might also be small ones, such as failing to pick up after him or herself or do his or her share of the housework. Once resentment creeps in, it may be difficult to look at your partner as an equal who helps you just as much as you help him or her. Contempt can also turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Your spouse will pick up on your resentment and often do exactly what you expect him or her to do. Although these issues can sometimes be resolved with counseling, some couples are never able to overcome these emotions.
4. You’re Living Separate Lives
You may wake up in separate beds and barely speak to each other throughout the day. On the weekends, you may do one activity while your spouse does another. The discovery that you no longer seem to have the same interests or even share a desire to do things together is another warning sign a divorce may be imminent. After all, it can sometimes feel like you’re already divorced even when you share the same house.
5. You Don’t Communicate Well with Each Other
Communication issues are a major cause for divorce. Yelling, stonewalling, gaslighting, and other poor communication techniques can all cause resentment to build in a relationship. As with many marital issues, these can sometimes be resolved. However, it takes a concentrated effort from both parties. If you do need a divorce due to poor communication, working with a mediator is the best way to navigate your way to an acceptable agreement.
If you’re at the point where you think divorce is the right choice for you, there are alternatives to hiring a lawyer and having to make countless court appearances. The expert San Diego divorce mediators at Divorce Options San Diego provide a one-stop shop, offering comprehensive services that cover all aspects of divorce, from beginning to end. Give us a call today at 858-281-2628.
Disclaimer: This article does not constitute legal advice. If you have any questions about your individual situation, it’s best to seek the advice of an experienced legal professional.
The “grey divorce” has been the most common divorce-related headline of the past few years. It’s notable because overall, divorce is becoming less common. Less spoken about, however, are the increasing numbers of couples who aren’t getting married at all. Many of these include people living together over the age of 50. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of couples aged 50 and older who were living together went up 75 percent between 2007 and 2016. These new relationships have serious implications for couples, whether they head into old age together or break up later on. Unmarried partners don’t have the same property rights as married partners unless they formally agree on those rights (or their states recognize the rights of non-married couples).
It’s not just breakups. Illness and death can also leave unmarried couples without rights to look after each other in ill health or to inherit assets. To avoid these heartbreaking situations, it’s better to confront these issues early in your relationship. Luckily, mediation is a neutral forum in which to discuss these issues. When emotions are running high, having a neutral mediator present can reframe the conversation from one of fear and conflict to an act of caring for each other. The San Diego divorce mediation experts at Divorce Options San Diego have psychoanalytical as well as legal and financial expertise, allowing negotiations to run smoothly on a number of levels.
Threats to Stability
Just because you’re an unmarried couple over 50, it doesn’t mean you can’t have access to some of the same kinds of stability that married couples do. Things that can threaten your individual and mutual stability include:
- Differences in Wealth/Income
When there’s a financial imbalance, one partner’s financial stability can be seriously threatened in the event of death or divorce. In mediation, you can deal with considerations such as estate planning and retirement. The mediators at Divorce Options San Diego have financial expertise and leave no financial stone unturned. Estate planning, retirement plans, and contingency plans for asset division can all be discussed in mediation. Mediation often results in formal cohabitation agreements.
- Retirement Accounts
Splitting retirement accounts can be a headache when you’re married, let alone when you’re cohabiting. Planning for retirement with your partner and agreeing what to do in the event of a breakup can be taken care of early with mediation, leaving you more secure in your future.
- Healthcare Decisions
There’s nothing more heartbreaking than sharing a life with someone only to be excluded from healthcare decisions about him or her. In mediation, you can work out things such as healthcare power of attorney and decide how to transfer these in the event of a breakup.
- A Roof Over Your Head
Having a roof over your head is a fundamental form of security no one wants to gamble with. In the event of a breakup or the death of a partner, this may not be a guaranteed right to the surviving partner. In mediation, you can ensure neither partner is left without shelter and stability.
- Ongoing Support
If you’ve shared a life with someone and you’re going your separate ways, chances are you leaned on each other for support. In mediation, you can make agreements to support each other in the future if you break up.
Our Services & How We Can Help
At Divorce Options San Diego, we are highly qualified professional San Diego divorce mediators and certified financial planners with psychoanalytical expertise. We empower divorcing spouses to own their divorce and craft sustainable, effective mutual agreements that will last long after the divorce is finalized. We are a one-stop shop providing a bundle of essential divorce services, from paperwork, court documents, and financial analysis to divorce transition coaching, life coaching, and interior design. We can work with all aspects of your post-divorce life to make your transition as fruitful and empowering as possible. Our services include career coaching, retraining, working with financial wealth advisors and other professionals, arranging moving services, connecting you with realtors, and helping you with interior design for your new space.
The mediators at Divorce Options San Diego are all certified financial planners who apply thorough financial analysis to your divorce to achieve an optimized result that will cover all aspects of your financial situation, including investments, property, and all other assets or debts. Our mediation process provides a sophisticated review of your community property, separate property, potential community property, allocations and divisions, cash flow, transitional processes, and sustainable financial planning for your divorce process. We help you draft settlement agreements that are fully legally compliant and take into account the needs of the whole family. At Divorce Options San Diego, we emphasize an efficient, caring process that leaves out no detail relevant to your emotional, financial, or legal situation. We have offices in Solana Beach, CA, but we can work with you remotely at your convenience via telephone, video-conferencing apps, and other forms of electronic communication. Please contact us at 858-281-2628 for a discreet and confidential consultation to see how we can help.
Even though divorce rates are declining, a recent study funded by the CDC revealed around half of all marriages still end in divorce or legal separation. While a divorce can happen at any time, most relationship experts agree there are a few periods in a marriage that seem to be a little more difficult for the average couple. The experts at Divorce Options San Diego—experienced professionals who provide premier San Diego divorce mediation services to couples seeking creative divorce solutions—offer a look at which years tend to be the most problematic for couples and how mediation can be your best solution if you think you might be ready for a divorce.
The Honeymoon Period
The first few months of marriage are usually referred to as the honeymoon period, and the months following that stage can be incredibly difficult. According to one study funded by the University of Virginia, around 10 percent of divorces occur within the first 24 months. The novelty of marriage often wears off during that period, and some people begin to notice glaring flaws in their partners. Getting divorced after just a few months of being married might seem like a mistake, but moving past a bad relationship is usually better for both spouses in the long run.
The Stable Third & Fourth Years
Census data suggests most couples tend to be relatively content during the third and fourth years of marriage. By that point, they’ve probably worked through most minor issues and found a good balance with each other. That’s also the time frame in which many couples have their first child, and studies show having children greatly reduces a couple’s risk of divorce. Some couples also begin making major purchases during that time, and those long-term investments can make divorce seem much more complicated. Once a couple has children and a home, working through minor problems often seems like a better option than separating.
The Seven-Year Slump
Unfortunately, there’s another major leap in the divorce rate around seven or eight years after couples get married. According to the most recent census data, the average marriage that ends in divorce lasts for eight years, and the initial separation usually begins in the seventh year. There are quite a few theories as to why so many people get divorced around that time, and a wide variety of variables must be taken into consideration, including the spouses’ ages, how many children they have, what mutual assets they share, and how satisfied they are with their lives outside their marriage.
The Divorce: Mediation Can Be Your Best Option
Getting a divorce is never going to be easy, but there are some steps you can take to ease the stress that accompanies the process. If you’re seriously thinking about separating, you should immediately contact San Diego divorce mediators to explore your options. Experienced mediators can make sure all parties are being treated fairly, which is going to be very beneficial in the long run. Mediators can also help with issues such as the division of assets and which parent is going to be the primary caregiver for the children.
When divorcing couples are looking for opportunities to make the process as smooth, respectful, and amicable as possible, divorce mediation offers a fantastic alternative to the animosity and high costs of traditional divorce. Couples trust Divorce Options San Diego’s experienced divorce mediators to handle every aspect of their divorces quickly and with compassion. To learn how divorce mediation might be the right choice for you, call the expert mediators at Divorce Options San Diego today at 858-281-2628.
Ending a marriage is never easy, especially if there are younger children involved. However, going separate ways may be the best option for couples because it allows them to end their marriages legally and search for what will make them truly happy. The team from Divorce Options San Diego—professionals who provide expert divorce mediation San Diego couples rely on for customized divorce solutions—offer some tips you can use when telling your spouse you want a divorce.
Find the Right Time
Although it may seem like there’s never a good time to ask for a divorce, there are times you should definitely avoid. For example, if your spouse has just been fired from his or her job or has experienced a devastating accident, wait to tell him or her you want a divorce. The objective is to choose a time when your spouse is mentally and emotionally capable of taking the news. You have a better understanding of your partner than most people do, so you should know when it’s a good time to sit down and talk about ending your marriage.
Choose a Good Location
Having this discussion in an area you both despise or in a place where the children are around isn’t the right way to ask for a divorce. You need to put some thought into choosing the location. For example, avoid crowded areas with noisy backgrounds. If you choose a crowded restaurant, it could prevent your spouse from being honest and open. Instead, you should choose a place that makes you both feel safe and comfortable instead of nervous or intimidated, such as the office of a counselor, a clergyperson, or another person you both trust. It would be best if you planned to stick around after breaking the news instead of asking for the divorce and leaving your spouse there to process everything alone.
Passing judgment or putting all the blame on your partner could make the discussion more challenging. Remain calm, and try to have a positive and productive conversation. You could discuss your mutual unhappiness and how a divorce will allow you both to seek the joy you deserve. If you acknowledge that you’re both unhappy instead of focusing solely on your own feelings, the conversation could go a lot more smoothly.
When telling your spouse you want a divorce, look for ways to discuss how you can work together to make the process less stressful and more successful. Ask your partner what he or she thinks will be the best way to move forward, and be open to his or her opinions and suggestions. Remaining open doesn’t prevent you from sharing your thoughts and feelings. It means you want to make the next steps as easy and straightforward as possible for all parties involved. It could help if you suggest using divorce mediation services to avoid a lengthy dramatic battle while working out an agreement that suits you both.
All the practical, legal, financial, and psychological aspects of fair, respectful divorce agreements can be managed by Divorce Options San Diego’s experienced, trustworthy divorce mediators. San Diego couples can rely on our comprehensive process, which is so thorough there won’t be a need for attorneys. To learn how we can help you with every facet of your divorce, call us today at 858-281-2628.
Divorce isn’t always a mutually agreed-upon decision. In some cases, one spouse may decide to get a divorce without the other partner’s agreement, which can result in a very complicated situation. While one partner may be tempted to refuse the divorce, the state of California has laws in place to handle this exact situation. Although it might seem like agreeing to a divorce is the worst thing in the world, the reluctant spouse may actually find accepting it is likely to be the best option. The team from Divorce Options San Diego—professionals who are transforming the divorce process with expert San Diego divorce mediation couples rely on for customized divorce solutions—offer the following advice about refusing divorce.
How California’s Divorce Process Works
In California, the divorce process begins when one person files a petition with the court for the dissolution of his or her marriage. The process then moves on to a summons being provided to the other partner. In most cases, the other spouse must respond to the summons within 30 days. Ideally, the response is filed, and the two parties move on to the next phase of mediation before they finalize a settlement. However, one spouse may avoid the summons and refuse to file a response. When this happens, it can lead to what’s called a default divorce in California.
Understanding a Default Divorce
If the other party doesn’t respond or offers a refusal to the divorce, the petitioning partner has the right to continue on with the process. In this case, he or she needs to take steps such as furnishing information about marital assets and debts to the court. Once the case reaches the court, a judge will make the final decision regarding each part of the divorce settlement. Once the divorce is granted, these decisions are considered to be final, even if one spouse never approved of the divorce.
Reasons to File a Response
In almost every case, it’s better to do something than nothing. Although you may not want to agree to the divorce, refusing or ignoring it takes all the control over what happens out of your hands. Responding to the divorce petition and summons is the only way to make it clear that you’ll look out for your best interests, which could help you maintain your rights regarding child custody and visitation. Putting forward a response could also help you keep assets such as your car or house. Even if you don’t think you have issues to resolve, there may still be some things you don’t know about until you meet with your mediator. For instance, California expects shared debts to be split a certain way to ensure equal responsibility between both spouses.
How to Work Through a Difficult Divorce Agreement
It hurts to go through a divorce you don’t want. However, there are things you can do to make the process easier. Working with a mediator can restore some form of positive communication to your relationship that allows you both to make the best decisions and move forward. Make sure to be open about your disapproval of the divorce, but also try to keep an open mind. Being involved in decisions that affect your life is the only way to plan for a happier future.
All the practical, legal, financial, and psychological aspects of fair, respectful divorce agreements can be managed by Divorce Options San Diego’s experienced, trustworthy San Diego divorce mediators. Couples can rely on our comprehensive process, which is so thorough there won’t be a need for attorneys. To learn how we can help you with every facet of your divorce, call us today at 858-281-2628.
In California, it’s not always necessary to list a specific reason for your divorce, because California is a no-fault state, which means you can petition for a divorce based on the concept that you and your spouse simply can’t get along. However, it may help to know there are other common grounds for divorce that could apply to your case.
This is the most commonly used reason when couples seek divorces, since it works best in a no-fault state. Simply stating that you and your spouse cannot resolve your conflicts is a simple way of defining why you need a divorce. This claim also makes it easy to come to an agreement on the important aspects of your divorce, since it generates the least animosity. Although you and your spouse may not be able to live together anymore, you can use the help of a mediator to find a resolution to the final decisions you need to make before your divorce is accepted by the court. All the financial, legal, and practical aspects of respectful divorce agreements can be managed by divorce mediators. San Diego couples can rely on Divorce Options San Diego’s specialized comprehensive process, which is so thorough they won’t need to hire attorneys.
People tend to think couples choose to divorce because one partner was unfaithful. However, this grounds for divorce can be difficult to prove in a court of law, since it tends to be based on one spouse’s word against the other’s. For this reason, most courts no longer accept adultery as grounds for divorce, and they instead ask couples to claim irreconcilable differences as an umbrella term for issues that affect a marriage. If you or your spouse committed adultery, it doesn’t have to be made public. Instead, you can work out your differences in private with the help of a mediator.
Incurable Insanity or Mental Incapacitation
There are sometimes situations that lead to divorce that the courts need to know about. For instance, you may have a different type of case if your spouse is mentally incapacitated to the point where he or she cannot make decisions independently. This reason for a divorce is also hard to prove, and you may be required to submit documentation from a medical professional that the court can use to determine if your side of the story is true.
Addiction is another common reason for people to seek a divorce. While you can still choose to get your divorce in California without listing this reason, it may need to be noted if you have children who are affected by the other parent’s actions. For example, your child custody and visitation arrangements may need to have special stipulations in place to ensure everyone’s safety, such as having supervised visits for a specific time period.
You may also need to seek a divorce if your spouse is convicted of a crime that involves a lengthy jail sentence. Like the other common grounds for divorce, this could impact how you handle things such as the division of property and child custody. Talk to your mediator about this special situation to find out how you can still work through the divorce process together while making accommodations for your special needs.
Couples who want to make the divorce process as smooth, respectful, and amicable as possible should consider divorce mediation. San Diego couples trust Divorce Options San Diego’s experienced divorce mediators to handle every aspect of their divorces, and our focus is on ensuring fairness and mutual satisfaction for both spouses. To learn more about how divorce mediation can be the best option for you, call the expert mediators at Divorce Options San Diego today at 858-281-2628.
The main objective of divorce mediation is to help couples find ways to agree on issues such as their finances, co-parenting schedules, and division of assets. A mediator is unbiased, and his or her role is to help the parties work out their differences. However, mediation isn’t mandatory in California unless minor children are involved. Take a look at what happens in mediation and what to do if your spouse refuses to participate.
Choosing mediation doesn’t mean you have to attend appointments with your spouse. The team at Divorce Options San Diego—experienced San Diego divorce mediators couples can rely on to help them dissolve their marriages in a fair way that’s based on mutual respect—will never require the parties to meet in the same room. You and your spouse will communicate separately with your mediator. The mediator will inform you of the process and allow you to share your views and concerns in private.
Even if a couple has gone through the mediation process and agreed on all the issues, one party may have a change of heart when it’s time to sign the settlement agreement. Both you and your spouse have the legal right to change your minds before signing the settlement agreement. A family court won’t take action against a spouse if he or she doesn’t sign this particular document. Even if both parties verbally commit to the contents of the document, there’s nothing to reverse, stop, or push through unless the settlement agreement is signed.
If children are involved, mediation may be mandatory under California law. Separating couples must comply with mandatory mediation if it’s ordered by a family court judge. Failing to attend the mediation appointments could result in being charged with contempt of court or other serious consequences. The two parties will discuss their differences separately with a neutral third-party mediator. However, neither party is required to sign an agreement after going through mediation.
When one party refuses to show up for appointments, going to family court is the next logical step. Going to court will draw out the divorce process, and attorneys could act maliciously on behalf of their clients, which could convince an uncooperative spouse to change his or her mind and realize that mediation is the best option. If this happens, the couple can avoid the courtroom and find a trustworthy divorce mediator in California who will help them reach an agreement. Once the settlement is signed, it will be sent to the judge, who will make a ruling at a later date.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the expensive, contentious, attorney-centered manner in which divorces are usually handled, call on the trustworthy professionals at Divorce Options San Diego. We’re experienced professionals who are revolutionizing the divorce process with expert San Diego divorce mediation couples can rely on for creative solutions. Give us a call today at (858) 281-2628 to learn more.
Divorce is a time of uncertainty when you need to know who will influence any decisions you make. While going to court is an option, it can be much less costly, both financially and emotionally, if your first step is to seek help from a mediator to decide things such as who will keep your house. Mediators can play a major role in helping you shape the outcome of your divorce, but it’s ultimately up to you and your spouse to make the decisions. Learn more about what mediators do and how they can help you make getting your divorce less stressful. When they choose divorce mediation, San Diego couples get the chance to make decisions for their families without resorting to messy court battles.
Reasons to Go Through Divorce Mediation
If you live in California and have minor children, you may be required to go through mediation first. The California judicial system is set up to help families achieve amicable divorces whenever possible, and going through mediation is one way to achieve this goal. Going through mediation helps you and your spouse learn how to work through your differences so you’ll be better able to interact with each other in the future.
Factors that Influence the Outcome of a Divorce
One of the biggest factors that will affect the outcome of your divorce is how willing you and your spouse are to work together to find solutions to your disagreements. You may both want custody of your child or pet. You may also both want to stay in your house. Being willing to work with each other to resolve issues by choosing options such as joint custody ensures you’re the only ones who make the major decisions.
Things to Discuss During Mediation
During mediation, your mediator guides you through specific topics that need to be covered in your divorce settlement. During your first appointment, the mediator may talk to you about your specific life situation to set up an outline for what you’ll decide upon in future appointments. Make sure to be open about your wants and needs from the start, and keep in mind nothing has to be decided right away. Instead, you can discuss the allocation of your assets, child custody, and other major factors over the course of the next several appointments.
How a Mediator Serves as a Neutral Party
Your mediator doesn’t actually decide the outcome of your divorce, but he or she plays a big role in helping you communicate with your spouse during a stressful time. Divorce mediators don’t take sides, and they only benefit from helping you work out your settlement. They can help you find creative solutions you might not have thought of on your own. Once you and your spouse have reached a settlement, the mediator helps you submit your documents to the court. Having the mediator serve as a neutral party helps you complete this entire process more quickly and easily than you would if you hired attorneys or tried to do everything on your own.
If you’re interested in learning more about how mediation works and why more people are choosing it every day, reach out to the divorce mediators San Diego couples trust to create amicable solutions that honor the needs and desires of the whole family. Give the mediation experts at Divorce Options San Diego a call today at (858) 281-2628.
People often get so caught up in planning for who will get their assets in a divorce that they tend to overlook debt. However, most couples accumulate some type of debt during their marriages, and that requires negotiating who will pay it off. For instance, you and your spouse may share a car payment, mortgage, and credit card bills. Knowing who has to pay off these debts gives you a starting point for discussing this necessary part of your divorce. The experts from Divorce Options San Diego—experienced professionals who are transforming the divorce process with expert San Diego divorce mediation—offer these tips to aid you in deciding debt responsibility during your divorce.
Understanding Community Property and Debt
California is a community property state, which means anything you acquire during your marriage is considered to be shared, and this includes debt. When you make your divorce agreement, your debts are subtracted from your assets to determine your shared net worth. In cases where you cannot agree on who will pay off the debts, the judge may divide it down the middle. However, this is usually not the most ideal way to handle debt, since there are often other factors that influence who has the ability or expectation to pay for certain types of debt.
Talking About How Premarital Debt Is Handled
One of you may have entered the marriage with debt already in place. For instance, you might have had student or business loans that needed to be paid off. If these debts were paid off during the marriage, the spouse who didn’t incur them may be eligible for reimbursement for the portion of the loans he or she covered during the marriage. Keep in mind that any prenuptial agreements you had set up prior to your marriage may affect how premarital debts are handled as well.
Deciding if You Want to Be Responsible for a Greater Share
Divorce mediation gives you and your spouse the opportunity to decide who covers the different types of debt. However, this can sometimes get heated if you’ve had disagreements about how finances have been handled in the past. For instance, one of you may be upset about the other one having run up the credit card bills or making a large purchase. Try to set your differences aside during these negotiations. Your mediator can help you understand what’s legally expected from both of you while offering creative suggestions that can help you reach an agreement. For instance, you may take on the entire car payment if you’re keeping that vehicle, or one of you may need to buy out the other’s share of the mortgage if one of you is staying in the home.
Keeping Up with What Happens After the Divorce
Once you reach an agreement on the debt you have, the court will likely accept the agreement. Having your agreement approved is reassuring, since it means you now know what you need to pay. However, creditors can still come after you if your spouse stops paying his or her portion of a shared debt. If this happens, you may need to return to mediation to renegotiate how the debt is handled.
Even if your divorce involves intricate financial issues, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on lawyers. Every aspect—financial, legal, and practical—of amicable, respectful divorce agreements can be managed by Divorce Options San Diego’s trustworthy, experienced San Diego divorce mediators. Couples can rely on our thorough mediation process, one that’s so comprehensive there won’t be a need for attorneys to get involved. We perform all our services ourselves—we are the experts, so we don’t hire outside professionals. To find out more about how we can assist you with every part of the divorce process, call us today at (858) 281-2628.
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