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Cooperative Divorce FAQ

Answers from an Irvine Divorce Mediation Attorney

Even cooperative divorce, which is a more simplified process, can seem complex. If you have questions and would like a professional, legal opinion, our divorce solutions team at CMD is ready to assist you. If you do not see the answer to your question below, do not hesitate to contact us todayat (714) 706-3992 !

What is a cooperative divorce?
Cooperative divorce is a non-adversarial option that combines elements of both mediation and collaborative law. It involves four-way meetings between each spouse and their attorneys. All family and friends are kept out of this process.

How is cooperative divorce different from a litigated divorce?
A cooperative divorce involves the goal of reaching an agreement without going to court. You will not need to meet before a judge, saving time and money.

Why is a cooperative divorce a good route to take?
A cooperative divorce is a great way to resolve conflict in a respectful and mutual manner. One of the biggest benefits to pursuing a cooperative divorce is that you and your spouse have control over the decision-making, as opposed to a judge or other third party. Children's needs are placed first and you are able to maintain a working relationship with your spouse, so that the two of you are equipped to make amicable decisions in the future. Other benefits include:

  • You don't have to fight against your spouse to win an advantage.
  • The emphasis is placed on respect, honesty, communication, and reciprocity.
  • The resolution is crafted to fit both spouses' particular needs and priorities.
  • You will not have to take depositions, answer subpoenas, or testify.
  • Quicker, more affordable, and stress-free process.
  • At any point, either party can choose to go to court.

Why retain legal representation for a cooperative divorce case?
While an attorney will not be representing you in court, you still need an attorney to represent your best interests and help you determine an appropriate settlement. Your lawyer will educate you on the law and advise you on ways to find middle ground. A cooperative divorce attorney has special training and is committed to finding creative solutions to keep you out of court.

You and your attorney need to discuss whether he or she will continue to represent you should you need to go to court.

Is Center for Mediated Divorce the right team to handle my case?
Yes! At our firm, we genuinely care about each client who walks through our doors. We are proud to offer dignified divorce alternatives that work and can help individuals reach a fair divorce settlement where all parties' needs are met.

Call (714) 706-3992 to explore your options!

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  • We have over twenty years of legal experience.
  • We have a 9.5 rating on Avvo.
  • We won Top Lawyer by Orange County Metro Magazine for 2009-2013.
  • One of our attorneys won the NAWBO 2009 Remarkable Woman Award.

Contact our divorce and mediation team for a consultation about divorce alternatives.