After a few meetings with Attorney John, you have the option of having the Law Office structure your agreement (which is appropriate for those with complex issues), or you may hire Family Law Assistance Center, Inc. to draft your agreement at less than half the cost of the attorney.
COLLABORATIVE LAW PROCESS is an out-of-court method of resolving disputes where participants work with a team of professionals to craft their own agreements. Clients work together in a respectful way, keeping in mind the importance of protecting their children and other involved people from conflict. Decisions are made by the participants without the involvement of a judge or other decision authority. This process is distinguishable from Mediation in that the parties sign an agreement to stay out-of-court for the duration, each party has his/her own Attorney, therapist Divorce Coach (to help with communication skills and anxiety reducing techniques), and other specialists, as needed, such as a Neutral Financial Specialist, Child Specialist, or Real Estate Expert. For more information on Collaborative Divorce, click here.
In order for Attorney Shelly John to best represent you, it is preferred that you hire her 3 to 6 weeks prior to your hearing. This allows time for any Supplemental documents to be obtained and filed prior to your hearing.
Attorney Shelly John is also available to assist in all other aspects of your case, including depositions, discovery requests and replies, the consideration and drafting of settlement agreements, Judgments, Request for Orders and other pleadings.
Court – by focussing the issues and facts that you wish to present to the Court at a hearing
Mediation – by helping you figure out the parenting plan which you believe is best for your children and helping you to create an outline of important topics to cover during mediation. San Bernardino and Riverside are “reporting counties” which means that the mediator will prepare a short report to the Judge containing impressions and recommendations. These reports are considered by the Judge, therefore, it is extremely important that you have a plan for how you will approach the mediation session.
Settlement Conferences – by helping you to analyze your Ultimate Goals and to create the parameters of a settlement proposal with consideration of your assets, your debts and the incomes of you and the other party.