Divorces and dissolution can be very contentious and many couples seek to resolve their case “out of court.” Practically speaking this still means that legal documents must still be filed in court, but, if successful no court appearances or arguments are necessary.
There are several ways to arrange the logistics of such an “out of court” divorce in California. This can range from both parties having attorneys who negotiate on their behalf to a couple seeing a single mediator who helps everyone try and reach an agreement. Ultimately though, to settle “out of court” divorce everyone needs to be in agreement. Without an agreement then a judge serves as the individual who decides who gets what and how much. Whether a dissolution case is better served by negotiating or going to a judge, is specific to the matter at hand.
If you are contemplating initiating a divorce in the San Francisco bay area or silicon valley the attorneys at Jones & Devoy are experienced in helping guide your matter. Our Firm provides services throughout the bay area including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and San Mateo.