At Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP, we have devoted ourselves exclusively to the practice of family law. This allows our Newport Beach divorce lawyers to maintain a steady focus on the intricacies and evolution of California divorce law. All told, our certified family law specialists bring more than 130 years of experience to the table.
In the state of California, the spouse who initiates the divorce does not need to accuse the other spouse of wrongdoing. This is known as a "no fault" divorce. "Irreconcilable differences" are sufficient legal grounds for the dissolution of a marriage. Neither does the state of California require both spouses to agree to the divorce. So long as one spouse wants the divorce, the other spouse does not have the legal power to stop the process.
Divorce mediation is a process that takes place outside the courtroom between divorcing spouses and a third-party mediator. Working together, a settlement is mutually agreed upon and then implemented as a court order.
Because not all divorcing couples are capable of engaging in this sort of back-and-forth, divorce mediation is not for everyone. The Newport Beach family law attorneys at Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP, work with each client to determine whether litigation or divorce mediation is in their best interests. Some of our Orange County divorce lawyers have extensive experience as divorce mediators. We can help you file for divorce, negotiate favorable settlement terms, and if necessary, fight for you in family court.
To schedule a free consultation with a Newport Beach family law attorney, call us today at (949) 565-4158.