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How to Get a Divorce- Collaborative Divorce in Difficult Economic Times

April 18, 2013
Image courtesy of mrpuen/

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This is the first in a multi-part series on your options in the divorce process by A Better Divorce member, Christopher M. Moore of Moore, Bryan & Schroff LLP in Torrance, California.


The Available Choices
There are three ways to resolve your divorce case: litigation in court, Collaborative Divorce or mediation. There are pros and cons to each.

Conventional Litigation
If you go to court, you may get to tell your story to a judge. Where there is abuse or hidden assets, going to court may be the only way out.

There are simply not enough courts to hear all the cases and delay is the rule. On the day you go to court there may be so many cases that yours can’t be heard and you have to come back another time, perhaps weeks or months away. This takes money.

Going to court is expensive. Each side may hire a forensic accountant who charges fees similar to those of the lawyers. Even in a simple case the fees can run into tens of thousands of dollars. In a more complex case, there is no limit to the cost.

Christopher Moore is a member of A Better Divorce- A Collaborative Family Law Group in the South Bay area of California, a certified family law specialist, and a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has specialized in family law for many years. Those years as a litigator have taught him that collaborative practice is the best way to resolve a divorce. A collaborative case is always faster, costs less and is less stressful than a conventional case where the parties face court congestion, delays and an adversarial, often hostile, relationship. For more information about Christopher and his firm please click here.

Always consult an attorney in your own area.
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