With over 20 years of California family law experience, I understand how devastating a divorce can be for a family. Between the emotional turmoil, the financial stress and fear of an unknown future, you have plenty to worry about. The legal process does not need to add to your distress. You have options for how you approach your divorce, including negotiated agreements and mediation. Your divorce need not be full of conflict.
I am attorney Paula J. Goforth. At [nap_names id=”FIRM-NAME-1″], I am here to help each client find a resolution to their divorce so they can move forward with their life. My experience has shown me that my clients have stronger outcomes when they create their own future. I am committed to helping every client do just that with compassion and skill. I also offer couples unbiased family law mediation services.
Once you or your spouse files for divorce, you will need to address several issues. You may be able to resolve most of these issues through negotiation or mediation. Common issues include:
In addition to helping clients through divorce, I also assist people who want to modify a custody or support order after the divorce due to a change in circumstances.
You know your family better than anyone and certainly better than the judge who will review your case. That is why you are the best person to create the divorce agreement that will affect your future. Inviting a third-party neutral to help you work out your legal issues in mediation can also result in a more satisfactory outcome for everyone.
If you and your spouse are open to negotiating your own agreements regarding property division, custody issues, and support, you will save yourself a considerable amount of time and money. In addition, litigation often results in further emotional turmoil for both the adults and the children. For that reason, I view litigation as a last resort, only to be used if necessary.