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Your El Dorado County Divorce Lawyer

If you have never filed for divorce before, you may feel uncertain about the road ahead and what to expect. There are many different ways to go about filing for a divorce in El Dorado County, California, and not all may work well for your situation. By hiring a divorce lawyer from the start of the process, you can help steer things in the right direction.

When choosing an attorney, however, it is important to find one who suits your goals. For instance, many divorce lawyers only like to take on contested divorces because these cases pay more money. They are aggressive and will fight for your rights, but you may lose the opportunity for an amicable divorce. At McCunn Law, we believe in putting families first, so we work with couples to find amicable solutions, if possible.

Even if your spouse has already taken an aggressive stance, if you prefer to take an amicable route, we can help you try to make it happen. If this doesn’t work or you prefer to file contested and understand the risks involved, we can go to bat for you here too. These are the basics of what you need to know about the divorce process and working with our divorce lawyer.

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Your Divorce Options

There are several different ways to categorize the many paths to divorce. Consider four of the main options available to you so you can better decide what can best suit your situation.

1. DIY Uncontested Divorce

If you and your partner already have an agreement in place and you trust your partner to protect your best interests and act fairly, an uncontested divorce may work best for you. Generally speaking, this is the fastest and cheapest type of divorce available in El Dorado County, California. Our lawyer provides you with the necessary paperwork and answers questions you may have along the way.

2. Mediation

If you find you do not fully understand the California divorce process, you worry your partner may not act fairly or you have some issues to negotiate, mediation is the next-best amicable choice. In this instance, you hire our McCunn Law divorce attorney to act as a neutral party. He then helps you to reach decisions for each important topic that benefits both parties and the children. Note that you can still file an uncontested divorce after mediation by finalizing your agreement in writing and filing it with the appropriate courts.

3. Collaborative Divorce

This is similar to mediation but involves more people. Note that the more professionals you bring into the equation, the more complex matters can become and the more likely the process is to drag on, compared to mediation. Couples tend to hire an attorney each, a mediator, a financial professional and a coach. All of these professionals work with the couple to ensure they reach a fair final agreement.

4. Contested Divorce

Also known as the traditional approach or litigation, this is the most expensive approach to an El Dorado County divorce and it can take years to resolve. In this type of divorce, each party may or may not retain independent counsel. Both parties must present their cases before the court. The court then makes the final decisions regarding the divorce and all attached issues, such as spousal support, property division and child custody.

The Effect of Complexities

The more complex your California divorce case, the more likely you are to need more professionals involved in the negotiation process. This does not always mean contested divorce. It can mean trying the collaborative process first. Remember that you can add almost any professional to the group process that you both believe can offer fair advice. Here are possible El Dorado Country complexities to be mindful of:

  • Contributions of separate property to the marriage, such as when a dependent spouse worked to put the current breadwinner through school
  • Significant differences between the income and/or earning potential of each party
  • Domestic violence, especially involving sex offenses and/or the children
  • Joint ownership of assets, such as a home or business
  • Presence of minor or dependent children
  • Multiple streams of income

Most Commonly Asked Questions

Get general answers to some frequently asked questions. Reach out to our McCunn Law attorney for specific advice directly related to your case.

1. How many mediation sessions does it typically take to resolve issues?

Some El Dorado County couples may resolve problems in just one session if they disagreed on only a few items. Unfortunately, some walk away never resolving anything and finding that they need to file contested. On average, couples take five to 10 sessions.

2. How can I maintain my privacy during a divorce?

Keeping proceedings out of the courtroom is the best way to maintain your privacy. Generally speaking, you can manage to do this with all the alternatives to traditional divorce, such as uncontested, mediated and collaborative divorces. You do need to make financial disclosures, however.

3. Should I hire a child specialist?

If you worry your spouse may fail to put the children first, hiring a child psychologist or a similar professional could help. This person acts as the voice of the children and steers decisions toward the children’s best interests.

The Bottom Line

Most attorneys can go to bat for you, but very few possess the integrity to risk lower earnings by helping you resolve your marital issues amicably. At McCunn Law, our attorney is so committed to ensuring an amicable process that he earned certificates in both mediation and collaborative divorce.

If you and your spouse have children or even a business to consider, keeping things civil could work to your benefit. It becomes easier to co-parent and you may even find civil ways to conduct business. Once you open a Pandora’s Box of resentment and revenge, however, it can become very difficult to come back from this. Unfortunately, though, there are instances when you have no choice.

Think carefully about how you wish to proceed before making a decision. Can’t decide? Our attorneys are happy to listen to your case and help you chart your way forward. Contact us today for more information.

Why Choose McCunn Law

Our methods for handling business owner divorce and family law issues are unique. We offer legal assistance for a range of family law cases, including:

Mr. McCunn specializes in a holistic, project management approach which empowers you to make your own decisions throughout the process. He has a reputation as a peacemaker and his honest and pragmatic attitude towards divorce and other family law issues ensures you only pay for the services you need during your case.

“McCunn Law is a high-quality and highly knowledgeable legal team. I went into a consultation regarding child custody and was extremely happy with the plan and ultimately the results of my case. They create a plan with the client’s needs and wants in mind. Drummond is also great working with regarding what kind of budget a client would be able to afford. If I have any more legal needs in the future this is the office I will use every time.”

Megan P.

“McCunn Law is a high-quality and highly knowledgeable legal team. I went into a consultation regarding child custody and was extremely happy with the plan and ultimately the results of my case. They create a plan with the client’s needs and wants in mind. Drummond is also great working with regarding what kind of budget a client would be able to afford. If I have any more legal needs in the future this is the office I will use every time.”

Megan P.

“McCunn Law is a high-quality and highly knowledgeable legal team. I went into a consultation regarding child custody and was extremely happy with the plan and ultimately the results of my case. They create a plan with the client’s needs and wants in mind. Drummond is also great working with regarding what kind of budget a client would be able to afford. If I have any more legal needs in the future this is the office I will use every time.”

Megan P.