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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

Divorce Mediation vs Divorce Lawyer: Which is Right for You?

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

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The decision to get a divorce is a very difficult one no matter where you live or what the circumstances.

But while some may think the decision itself is the hardest part of the divorce process, the choice of using divorce mediation vs divorce lawyer can be an even more challenging one if you don't know the differences between the two.

With a little education, you can make the decision that's right for you in your situation.

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Topics: Planning for Divorce, Divorce Mediator vs. Lawyers, Divorce Mediation, Illinois, New Jersey, California, New York, Pennsylvania

The Most Catastrophic Mistake to Avoid in a Stay at Home Mom Divorce

Cheryl Dillon, Divorce Coach

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Regardless of whether you're the one driving the decision or are on the receiving end of such shocking news, for stay at home moms divorce and the end of a marriage can be utterly terrifying.

The worries pour in and flood your mind filling you with anxiety. You lose sleep thinking about:

  • Will I be able to afford to stay in the house?
  • How will I pay off those credit cards?
  • How will I be able to put my kids through college?
  • How will I save for my retirement?
  • Will I receive enough child support and alimony (spousal support / maintenance)?
  • Will I have to get a job and join the work force? If so, how will I do it?
  • How will I support myself and my children after the divorce is finalized? 

And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

In a stay at home mom divorce, all of this boils down to fear. And money.

And it makes perfect sense given you don't currently have full-time employment and don't earn an income and you haven't had a career or been in the workforce since the kids were born.

And you may not even have visibility into the household finances. 

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

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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