Divorce: Alternative Resolutions and Family Court
With divorce, there’s often a lot of matters to be decided between the spouses. Child custody, property division and spousal support are just a few of the issues. It’s not uncommon for soon-to-be-ex’s to disagree on the issues. While a trial at family court is an option, there are other options that are less costly, contentious and time consuming. Mediation and collaborative divorce are non-adversarial resolution methods. In the mediation process, a series of meetings are held, which are led by a neutral third-party facilitator. This individual helps couples identify, discuss and resolve disagreements. In a collaborative divorce, both party’s attorneys work amicably together to achieve an agreed settlement. Attorney Tracie T. Kogura is experienced in mediation, collaborative divorce and divorce trials. Her goal is to represent the best interests of her clients and their families.
California Property Division and Spousal Support Attorney
Most states follow equitable distribution when it comes to property division. A judge decides what is fair. This may mean that more of the property will go to the one who earns more. Property isn’t divided physically either. A court will tally up the total value of the marital estates and give each spouse a percentage.
Also known as alimony, spousal support is a legal obligation of one spouse to provide financial support to the other before or after a divorce. Unlike child support, the courts have broad discretion in determining whether or not go award spousal support. Factors considered include the financial condition of the former spouse, need for education to become self-sufficient, standard of living during the marriage, length of marriage and the ability of payer spouse to support the other and still support themselves. Spousal support is intended to be rehabilitative, and the payment of spousal support doesn’t last forever. Most spousal support awards do terminate if the recipient spouse remarries. The issue of spousal support is common in divorce.
If you’re facing a divorce, let attorney Tracie T. Kogura help you navigate the process. She is there to protect your rights and give you the best legal advice. She has helped many others in their transition to a new lifestyle and can help you, too. Attorney Tracie T. Kogura takes the time to compassionately listen to clients’ individual circumstances and advises them of the best course of action to take.