Category Archives: Divorce Options

How to Increase Divorce Options Attendance and Get Collaborative Cases

 

The Problem and the Solution

Mixed Results for Divorce Options Attendance

Divorce Options TrademarkDivorce Options (DO) workshops were developed by the Sacramento Collaborative group in association with CP Cal about 10 years ago.  The original intent was to position the Collaborative Divorce process as one of four primary divorce options- competitive with litigation, mediation and do-it-yourself divorce. DO workshop presenters have consistently commented that they feel that three hours with a seasoned attorney, mental health and financial professional for little or no cost is a real bargain.   Folks should be crowding in line to attend our DO workshops.  Indeed,  our workshops should be packed full each month.

But DO workshop attendance for many groups in California has been less than desired.  Presenter participation has dwindled over time.  Some groups are considering consolidating their DO efforts or presenting quarterly instead of monthly. Some are even discontinuing their workshops entirely.

Two practice groups

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In a California Divorce, “Community Property” Doesn’t Always Mean 50/50

By Diana L. Martinez, Family Lawyer and Mediator, West Coast Law & Mediation, APC – Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County

Ask a family member or friend who lives in California what happens to assets and debts in a divorce, and they’ll probably tell you that everything is split equally. Ask a lawyer practicing family law in California the same question, and they’ll probably tell you “community property”, that is, anything acquired during marriage that isn’t “separate property”, gets split equally between the spouses. Under California law, “separate property” is any asset or debt you acquired before you married, after your “date of separation” or at any time by gift or inheritance.

This equal split of community assets and debts is one of the most misunderstood concepts in a divorce in California. I am frequently asked why divorces are so expensive when “the law says everything is split 50/50”.  While … Read More