Question: Why do they call it “Family Court”?
They should call it “unfamily court” or divorce court because that is what it does. It dissolves families. It is very simple – it is where people receive orders on how to go different ways.
Ten things people worry about before going into Divorce Court:
- Does the judge favor men or women?
- Is the judge generous with alimony?
- Is the judge any good?
- Is my lawyer a friend of the judge?
- Is the other lawyer a friend of the judge?
- Are these two lawyers friends?
- Am I going to be charged $1,000.00 for just this morning?
- Will this hearing be continued so I have to get off work and come back again?
- Will I lose my kids?
- When is this going to end? This divorce will affect you for the rest of your life. Why does the judge only have 20 minutes to make court orders on your case?
Would you rather stay out of Divorce Court and meet in lovely Murphy Canyon? Would you rather worry about feeding the meter while waiting for the judge to call you forward? There is alot of free parking in here.
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Attorney James D. Scott, CFLS, On The Benefits Of Mediation
“After handling 1,000 divorces in the first 10 years of my practice, I became impressed with the predictability of divorces. Within the first interview with a potential client, I could evaluate the case and accurately predict what would result at the end of the trial. After all, how hard is it to divide by two?
“The way that I handled cases changed when my senior partners retired. I began to settle the contested cases as soon as the emotions of the spouses settled down and everyone could act reasonably. It still amazed me that people would regularly spend $3,500 to $5,000 to $10,000 or more on each side to argue, confront and insult each other before coming to terms.
“A few years later, as my negotiating and deal making skills evolved, I participated in a comprehensive mediation training program developed by Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D., and Nancy J. Foster, J.D., of the Northern California Mediation Center.
During the past decade or so, my involvement in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has continued to develop to the point that it involves an important part of my professional practice. It is much more personally satisfying to be a peacemaker than a gladiator. I am a member of the bar associations for the states of California and Minnesota, and I serve on various Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections.”
— Attorney James D. Scott, Certified Family Law Specialist.