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Expert Counsel from Top San Diego County Family Lawyers

Our board-certified family law attorneys have decades of combined experience in complex family law matters, including collaborative divorce.  The California Family Code allows parties who are involved in a divorce to use a collaborative law process to resolve their case. The collaborative law process is defined by statute as an agreement between the parties to resolve their issues “without resorting to adversary judicial intervention.”

In the collaborative divorce process, most parties will hire attorneys and other professionals who will provide them advice in order to enter in to a knowledgeable and meaningful settlement. Professionals such as include accountants, appraisers, psychologists and financial planners may also provide input.

In order to use a collaborative law process, California law requires a signed written agreement. A dissolution of marriage action can be pending at the same time in order to provide jurisdiction to terminate the marriage and have a court judgment memorializing any agreements reached by the parties.

What If An Agreement Cannot Be Reached in a Collaborative Divorce?

If the parties are unsuccessful in reaching an agreement after engaging in the collaborative law process, all information shared in the attempt to settle is considered privileged and cannot be used against either side in a later San Diego County family law court proceeding. The professionals, including attorneys utilized in the collaborative law process, are also prohibited from representing either side in a litigated matter.

The purpose of preserving the confidentiality of the collaborative law process is to allow both sides the freedom to discuss their issues candidly, and make their best efforts to provide good faith settlement offers.

Results-Oriented Legal Counsel

“I want to let you know how much I think of my attorney and paralegal team. They are so intelligent, caring and skillful – I would want no one else on my side. You are very lucky to have them in your firm. I appreciate all they have done for me and I am very trusting and confident in them. I thank you for all you have done for me.”

Contact Our Experienced Collaborative Divorce Attorneys in San Diego

The Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider, APC has two attorneys trained in the collaborative law process. We are experienced in assisting parties in navigating through this evolving area of family law in San Diego County. We have a broad referral base of experts who can assist our clients in providing the necessary opinions or evaluations to negotiate a fair and reasonable settlement. Contact our firm to discuss your case and the benefits of collaborative law.

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