Author Archives: Mediator

FL-150 The Income and Expense Declaration

The income and expense declaration is one of the basic forms that people use in a California divorce or any family law case where financial matters, such as child and spousal support, are “at issue” (i.e., people are fighting over it).  Because support is, basically, the state’s mechanism for reallocating income between the parties, there… Read More »

What are Unbundled Legal Services?

Unbundled legal services are a fancy label for a simple concept: buying legal services “a la carte.”  Instead of buying a whole meal, for example, maybe you just want to order a side dish, or the main course without all the sides.  Well, in a restaurant you would browse through the “a la carte” menu… Read More »

Divorce and Equity

Equity is not just the difference between what your house is worth and how much you owe.  If you are involved in a divorce, then obviously that is a major concern for you.  You will have to find a way to equalize the marital balance sheet in the course of dividing the assets and debts… Read More »

Divorce Financial Disclosure

The most important aspects in a divorce are the marital property settlement and support issues.  In order to arrive at a fair level of support and a fair division of marital property and debts, a divorce financial disclosure is needed by both sides.  In California the document is called a declaration of disclosure, and the… Read More »

Irvine Divorce Mediation

If you are contemplating a divorce, why not first go to one of the family law departments at the family law court in Orange, California?  There you will see parties who have been married to each other – some long term, some not – wage emotional and financial war on each other.  Then ask yourself… Read More »

Mediation – The Affordable Legal Solution

I recently learned of a paternity case out of Los Angeles where the parties collectively spent well over $100,000 in attorneys fees before the child in question was even a year old. Shocked? I am. How much money are they going to spend on attorneys for the next seventeen years while the child is growing… Read More »

Divorce Planning

A common question among people who are about to file for divorce is what to do ahead of time to prepare themselves for what lies ahead. Usually they are more concerned with the financial side rather than the emotional side of divorce. Aside from having a strong support network, supportive family members, and maybe a… Read More »