Legal Assistance From an Experienced Divorce Attorney in Santa Barbara & Santa Maria
Certified Family Law Specialist helping you dissolve your marriage in California
If you have decided that divorce is your best option, you need to be represented by an attorney with the legal knowledge and experience to help you through the process. Since 1995, attorney Glenn L. Robertson has been providing high-quality family law representation to clients throughout Southern California, including Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Summerland, Carpinteria, Lompoc and Ventura. As one of less than 20 Board Certified Family Law Specialists in Santa Barbara County, Mr. Robertson has the necessary skills to fight for your best interests in your divorce.
What are the grounds for divorce in California?
In California, you can only file for divorce under “no-fault” grounds. This means that the court does not consider your spouse’s transgression or other “fault grounds,” in the initial filing. Instead, California divorces are usually based on “irreconcilable differences.” The court may consider fault a factor when determining ancillary issues, such as property division or alimony. An experienced attorney can help you further understand the grounds for divorce in California.
Contested vs. uncontested divorce
While every divorce involves disagreements and compromises, not every case must be resolved in court. In an uncontested divorce, the spouses work out the terms of their divorce without going to trial. This approach can be faster and less expensive for the parties involved.
If a couple cannot come to an agreement on their own, their divorce is contested. The details must then be resolved through mediation, collaborative divorce or litigation. Mediation and collaborative divorce are less adversarial options, while litigation means you have to go court and have a trial.
Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, attorney Glenn L. Robertson can guide you through the process.
Resolving your divorce through mediation
When filing for divorce, couples must decide upon the best approach given their situation. If they want to avoid court and litigation, mediation may be a good choice. An impartial mediator sits down with both parties to determine the specifics of the divorce, including spousal support, child custody, property division and more. The mediator does not make the decisions, but facilitates the decision-making process. Both parties must agree before a final decision is made.
Resolving your divorce through mediation is a less stressful and expensive option. It’s not as antagonistic as litigation can be, and the results are fair and agreed upon by both parties. If you do choose mediation, be sure that you have a knowledgeable family law attorney on your side to look out for your best interests.
Settle your divorce out of court with collaborative law
Another option for resolving conflicts without going to court is collaborative divorce. In this non-adversarial process, the separating couple schedules a series of meetings to reach an agreement. The meetings are overseen by the spouses’ attorneys. A team of experts, including financial experts and child psychologists, work with the couple to come to a resolution. Decisions are finalized when both parties agree. This option is beneficial for couples looking for a more peaceful marriage dissolution process. If they have children and want to share custody, this is a way to begin cooperating in the best interests of the children.
When going through the collaborative law process, it is essential that you are represented by an attorney who understands your goals and works with you to ensure the best interests of all parties are met. Attorney Glenn L. Robertson understands the complexities of collaborative divorce and can help you through the process.
Advocating for your rights during divorce litigation
For some couples, litigation may be unavoidable. When your divorce goes to trial, a judge makes the final decision on all issues related to the dissolution of your marriage, including:
Sometimes couples attempt to negotiate first, but if they cannot come to an agreement, they turn to litigation. This is a more adversarial option and can lead to a lot of tension and stress. A divorce attorney who is an experienced negotiator can provide you with the emotional support you need while fighting for your rights.
Get help from an experienced divorce attorney in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria
If you are going through a divorce in California, turn to Glenn L. Robertson. With more than 20 years of family law experience, he can help you through the most complicated divorce issues. Call 805-963-3535 or contact him online to schedule an initial consultation in his Santa Barbara office. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.