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OC Divorce Firm with 100+ Years' Combined Experience

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 100 years of experience to the table.

An Orange County divorce attorney from our firm can help resolve disputes related to:

What Are the Grounds for Divorce in California?

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.

Understanding the Differences Between Litigation & Divorce Mediation

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.

  • The advantages of divorce mediation can include:
  • A more cost-effective alternative to litigation.
  • The opportunity to dictate the terms of settlement.
  • The fostering of a more amicable relationship moving forward.
  • Greater privacy and flexibility - schedule meetings around your schedule, not the court's.

Because not all divorcing couples are capable of engaging in this sort of back-and-forth, divorce mediation is not for everyone. The divorce lawyers 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.

When Should a Divorce Be Litigated?

Litigation is the term used to refer to legal proceedings initiated by two opposing parties to defend or enforce a right. Many believe this method requires the two parties to go to court, when in reality, about 95% of divorce litigation cases settle outside of court.

Litigation is a more extensive process that can cost you both time and money. If you’re looking for a fast way to end a marriage, this is not it. So, when is it a good idea to have a divorce litigated?

Some reasons to litigate a divorce include:

  • When both parties are not in agreement to obtain a divorce
  • When couples can’t decide on child custody, property division, and alimony
  • When domestic violence is involved in the case
  • When arbitration and mediation do not work

Divorce often brings forth strong emotions in both parties, making it difficult to reach agreements. If you and your ex constantly fight and are unable to look at each other, let alone see things from the other’s perspective, litigation might be necessary for the divorce.

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