Family Law & Collaborative Practice
Dispute Resolution and Preserving Family Relationships
We can help you find an effective solution to your problem without destroying your relationship with other family members.
At the Law Offices of James F. DeMartini, we assist individuals throughout California in finding effective solutions to a variety of family law matters. Our focus is on helping adults make adult decisions about their lives and families. Our emphasis on dispute resolution rather than litigation has saved hundreds of people thousands of dollars in unnecessary attorney’s fees and unwarranted aggravation. We work compassionately with families to arrive at solutions to problems, including:
Protecting the Best Interests of the Children
During a divorce, one of the main things many parents worry about is what will happen with their children. We assist parents in creating parenting plans that protect the best interests of the children while also protecting parental rights. We take the time to explain how the law works, and we make sure our clients have a good understanding of what is and is not plausible in the legal system.
Using Collaboration to Resolve Family Law Issues
The end of a relationship can be emotionally draining enough and legal disputes only add to the stress. The collaborative process provides couples with a constructive alternative to an adversarial courtroom battle. By using the collaborative process, you can minimize the conflict, for the sake of your children and yourself.
Our collaborative law attorneys work with individuals and their loved ones to find non-adversarial solutions to family law matters:
It is beneficial in resolving divorce disputes, especially when the parents want to continue a respectful relationship for the sake of the child.
It can be useful in custody disputes. The parents work with attorneys and mental health specialists to arrive at a parenting plan and custodial arrangement that the entire family can live with. The resolution usually comes at a fraction of the cost of litigation and certainly with significantly less conflict.
The Collaborative Process begins with a pledge not to go to court and to have an honest exchange of information by all parties. After working collaboratively with one another, attorneys and, if necessary therapists and financial consultants, the process ends with a solution created by the family, not a judge, to serve the needs of the family. By honestly exchanging all information and expressing all the goals, even the latent ones, the parties can work together to arrive at a creative solution that everyone is happy with.