3 Key Decisions In Your Divorce Case

The many consequences of divorce can be staggering to confront. Meeting with a skilled, experienced lawyer may be an essential step in getting a handle on your rights and priorities.

At the Law Offices of Richard K. Isles, we care and we want to help. Benefit from the counsel of an attorney with over 25 years of experience achieving favorable outcomes through mediation and litigation. Based in Riverside and with two other locations, we serve clients throughout the Inland Empire.

If you have sensitive issues to resolve, we can help you consider all your legal options, opportunities and risks — beginning with whether or not mediation would be an effective way to reach an agreement with your spouse. Our lead attorney has extensive experience successfully settling divorce cases, emphasizing efficiency and fairness while often reducing costs for both parties.

Here are three key decisions that must be handled well in divorce cases.

Should You Litigate Or Mediate?

If your relationship with your soon-to-be ex-spouse is a contentious one, you will likely be facing litigation. In such circumstances, it's best to protect your interests by getting help from a skilled attorney who will fight for your interests.

In less contentious cases, it may be possible to negotiate or even mediate some or all of the divorce terms. This will make the process go much quicker, but you need to be clear on whether it is right for you.

Which Housing Arrangement Is Best?

If you and your ex own a house together, you will have to decide whether to try to sell it. If one of you keeps it, you will need to decide who that is. And for some couples, even if one of you wants to keep the house, it may be unclear whether it's possible on only one income.

If you are concerned about the impact of a move on your children, you could explore a "nesting" arrangement. Nesting is when the kids stay put and the parents take turns living in the house with them.

In short, there are many decisions regarding housing that you'll need to make. And each of them is likely to have a significant impact on you and your family.

What Is The Best Way To Divide Your Assets And Debts?

Asset and debt division may involve complex issues ranging from proper valuation of a family business to emerging from an unfavorable mortgage.

You could also face a situation whether your spouse has significant debts such as student loan debt — that they insist you continue to help with. You will need to decide how to approach this, as part of your overall plan for the terms of the divorce.

Advocating For Your Interests

We will not overcomplicate a straightforward divorce case — but we know most divorces and other family law disputes involve complex issues and emotions. We are prepared to provide both empathy and objectivity in helping you resolve your issues.

We assist people across the economic spectrum, from wage-earners to many high-earning professionals and business owners. The Law Offices of Richard K. Isles wants to help you resolve divorce issues without going to court — it saves you time, money and stress. However, our firm is even more intent upon getting the results you need.

This can require strong, aggressive negotiations with the opposing attorney and, ultimately, an exceptionally prepared and persuasive effort at trial. To put our experience on your side, beginning with a free consultation, please contact our California law firm today.