Alternatives that will keep you in control.
We understand the stress and anxiety you are feeling. Solving family law problems is stressful. Your spouse may be exacting revenge on you. Every meeting or conversation may break down and become unproductive. Your efforts to deal with matters are seen as attacks by the other party.
Under these circumstances, it may take weeks or months to resolve each issue. Breaking out of this negative cycle can be very difficult, and the emotional and financial costs may be significant.
There is a better way – Collaborative Law
At Hammers & Baltazar Family Law we understand that divorce is difficult enough without the stress of adversarial proceedings. For many couples, there is a better way. The collaborative law approach to resolving family issues can be less expensive, faster and more likely to produce a result that both sides can accept. Our Santa Monica collaborative law attorneys are experts in the collaborative process.
“We help you get through tough family problems while giving you more control, reducing pain and expense, and affording you the privacy your family deserves.”
-Armine Baltazar, ADR Practitioner, Managing Partner
How the collaborative law process works
In collaborative law, each party is represented by an Orange County Collaborative Law Attorney trained in the collaborative process. Each attorney is barred from representing a client in litigation if the parties fail to reach an agreement outside of court. This motivates both the parties and the attorneys to stay with the process until a fair resolution can be reached. Other advantages of collaborative law include:
- Sharing expenses — You and your spouse can share neutral experts to determine financial and valuation issues, cutting the expense for this service in half.
- Professional coaching from a mental health professional — This allows you and your spouse to uncover underlying and unacknowledged issues that then may facilitate an agreement, develop parenting plans that will work best for you and your children, and work through issues that might otherwise prevent a resolution.
- Staying in control — The process puts full control in the hands of you and your spouse, not in overworked court officials.
- Privacy — Collaborative law protects your privacy. Most documents and information do not become part of the public record.
- Peaceful and productive interaction between you and your spouse— This helps shield your children from the trauma of divorce.
What you can expect
When you work with Hammers & Baltazar, LLP in your collaborative divorce, you can expect to transition your family with dignity and self-respect, knowing that you handled your separation from your spouse with integrity and with minimum impact on your family’s financial and emotional well-being.
Mediation is another type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). In mediation, individual parties may each be represented by an attorney, and a third-party neutral mediator guides the process. Find out more about divorce mediation.
ADR practitioner Armine Baltazar of the law firm of Hammers & Baltazar is committed to using collaborative law to help clients resolve difficult problems. She belong to several collaborate law organizations, including the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
If you have questions regarding collaborative law, we have the knowledge and experience to answer them. Hammers Baltazar is a member of Collaborative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, California (CDSOC).
Our collaborative law services include child custody, spousal and child support, post-judgment modifications, complex asset division and paternity services.
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