Once you have made the decision to file for divorce from your spouse in California, it is critical that you have a strategy in place with your attorney for your divorce negotiations and proceedings. Not only does developing a strategy help you prioritize what is most important to you when leaving the marriage, it also helps your attorney understand more about your legal needs and how to best advocate for you during this time. At the Law Offices of Bradley S. Sandler, our team of legal professionals has helped many clients around Los Angeles develop a sound strategy for their divorce and will zealously represent your interests in a divorce. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
Strategize the Method
The first thing that you and your attorney should discuss is what method you would prefer and expect for your divorce. If there are no contested issues, you may be able to file a simplified divorce. If you and your spouse are both willing, an alternative dispute resolution method like mediation may work best. However, if there is significant animosity or serious issues then a litigated divorce in court might be best. Be honest with your attorney about your communication and interactions with your spouse so that your lawyer can advise you on the most efficient and effective method for you.
Identify the Major Issue
The next step in building a strategy for your divorce is to identify the major issues that will come up during the proceedings. This may include community property identification and distribution, separate and community assets or liabilities, spousal support, child custody and visitation, and child support. This is also the time to identify any major life issues that may affect the outcome of your divorce such as infidelity, gambling debt, student loans, suspected hidden assets, and more. By identifying the major issues in your divorce and in your life, your attorney can structure the discovery process accordingly and not be thrown by anything unknown during the divorce.
Prioritize What You Want
No one walks away from a divorce with every single thing they want. It is important to prioritize what is most important to you, so that your attorney knows what to aggressively fight for and what can be sacrificed in order to secure what you need. You deserve to leave the marriage with what you want and what you need, and by prioritizing your issues with your attorney you stand a better chance of doing so. This step is incredibly helpful regardless of what method you and your spouse choose to litigate your divorce, as negotiation will be necessary for every process.
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If you would like to strategize your California divorce with an experienced family law attorney, call the office or contact us at the Law Offices of Bradley S. Sandler today. Schedule a free evaluation of your case with an expert in divorce law to create a strategy that will work best for you.