LAW OFFICES OF
PHILLIP A. CASE
NEWPORT BEACH, CA  949-760-6933

(MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION)



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FAMILY LAW (DIVORCE)/ ESTATE PLANNING/ PERSONAL INJURY

FAMILY LAW ISSUES/ COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW


PAC LAW

FAMILY LAW PRACTICE

At the Law Offices of Phillip A. Case we make every effort to begin every possible Family Law Matter with a REVOLUTIONARY NEW APPROACH TO RESOLVING FAMILY LAW MATTERS KNOWN AS COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW OR COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE.

Collaborative Family Law is by far the most effective and inexpensive way to achieve equitable results and obtain a fast resolution to all matters related to a Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce).  Unfortunately, because each party does have separate interests, mediation, although helpful, cannot fully resolve any issue.  Furthermore, taking an adversarial approach by starting with litigation filings is so expensive that in most cases both parties lose financially, and the children lose emotionally.

Mediation can be helpful regarding a specific issue.  For example, when the character of a certain kind of property, whether it is community property (belonging to both parties) or separate property (belonging to one party) is at issue, the mediator can render their opinion.  However, a mediator cannot or should not resolve the matter with a written agreement because often there are too many conflicts of interest.  Thus, in Collaborative family law practice, each party has their own Collaborative family law Attorney who can help negotiate and settle the disposition of the property without the need and/or high cost of going to court, and the attorneys can negotiate, settle and prepare a final Marital Settlement Agreement and/or Court Stipulated Judgement/Order.

Therefore, a party is represented by an attorney who is making every effort to avoid the high costs of going to court and can negotiate and settle each and every family law related issue economically and finally.

Unfortunately, when parties begin down the path of adversarial filing of documents that require the other party to appear in court, they rush to the high costs of litigation and often wait years for a result. Because of the Court's limited time and resources, the parties usually incur numerous continuances before the Court is finally able to hear the matter or motion and by that time, the parties have often spent more money than the value of the issue they are fighting over. Furthermore, when they finally get to Court, often years later, the Judge will often recommend that the parties do EXACTLY what Collaborative Family Law attorneys do at the outset.  Specifically, instead of each side having their own accountant to argue over the value of a business, the parties will retain the services of a joint and neutral accountant who will provide the attorneys with his professional unbiased opinion as to the true value of the business. Further, if the parties are challenging child custody, instead of each party hiring an expensive mental health professional to investigate, prepare and testify at trial, the parties retain a joint and neutral mental health professional in order to provide each attorney an opinion as to what is in the best interests of the children.  As set forth above, Collaborative Family Law attorneys, start where many litigation cases end without hundreds of thousands of dollars being wasted during the long waiting period.

Remember, not every issue can always be resolved collaboratively. However, it makes much more sense to start here and resolve as many issues as possible only leaving the relatively small percentage of unresolvable issues to costly litigation.

THEREFORE, IN MOST CASES, THIS FIRM WILL USE AND FOLLOW THE PRINCIPLES OF THIS REVOLUTIONARY NEW APPROACH TO DIVORCE... 

COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW RESOLUTION.

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