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How to Get a Divorce in California without a Lawyer

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

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If you and your husband or wife just made the decision to split up and end your marriage, you may be wondering how to get a divorce in California without a lawyer.

There could be many reasons you’d want to avoid attorneys in your divorce:

  • You and your spouse want to keep things civil for the sake of your children: You don't want California family law attorneys putting your kids in the middle of your proceedings and using them as poker chips. Because even though your marriage is ending, you don’t want to destroy your kids and want to remain good co-parents moving forward.
  • You don’t want to lose years of your life trapped in a never-ending court battle: You have friends or family whose California divorce process took 2-3 years to complete and they never got that time back or recovered emotionally. Your time is precious and you want to heal and move forward as quickly as possible.
  • You don’t want to waste your financial resources on expensive legal fees: You’ve done some research and learned that the cost of retainers for California divorce lawyers average $5,000 to $10,000 per person. And you've heard that a divorce in California using attorneys can cost $25,000 or more! You’d rather spend your hard earned money on your kids and your future.

No matter what the reason, the answer is YES - you CAN get a divorce without a lawyer!

And not only that, but you don’t have to risk making expensive mistakes like you would with a do-it-yourself divorce method.

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Topics: Planning for Divorce, Divorce Mediator vs. Lawyers, Divorce Mediation, California

Considering Lump Sum Alimony? Avoid These 6 Mistakes.

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

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Ask anyone who's been ordered to pay spousal support how they feel about having to write a check to their former spouse every week or month.

You’ll probably be met with a few choice words...

The fact is - most people want to just move on after a divorce, sever ties and go their separate ways.

Unfortunately, when there are alimony payments involved, it can feel for the payor as if this separation never truly happened, which can ultimately lead to frustration and bitterness on the part of the payer.

That’s why some divorcing spouses choose an alternative to the weekly “check in the mail” alimony approach.

A concept known as a lump sum alimony buyout.

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Topics: Alimony, Maintenance, Spousal Support, Illinois, New Jersey, California, New York, Pennsylvania

Determining Alimony in California in 2018

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

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Spousal Support California

You’re at the crossroads of a divorce and the same worries keep flooding your mind:

  • “Can I afford to keep the marital home?”
  • “Will I be able to pay my bills and meet my financial responsibilities?”
  • “How will I get health insurance coverage after my marriage ends?”
  • “Will I have enough financial resources to be able to save for my retirement?”

All of these fears are typical in divorce and have one thing in common:

Money.

When it comes to money and divorce, there's one topic that's more stressful, more emotional and more difficult for parties to resolve than any other.

Whether you call it alimony or spousal support, California couples needing to come to an agreement that will require one ex-spouse to pay money to the other ex-spouse to support their lifestyle is challenging, to say the least.

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Topics: Alimony, Maintenance, Spousal Support, California

The articles in this blog are for informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice, financial advice, emotional advice or counsel.

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