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Is Divorce the Right Solution for You?

A divorce is a life-changing event, and it’s not a decision that anyone should make lightly. You might even be intimidated by the potentially contentious, lengthy, and costly process that lies ahead. If you are looking for a divorce solution that avoids litigation and the disadvantages that come with it, our La Jolla family lawyer is here to help. Below are some of the alternative paths to divorce.


One of the most frequently used alternatives to conventional litigation is divorce mediation, a collaborative approach to the dissolution of a marriage. During mediation, both parties are encouraged to discuss and negotiate divorce terms under the guidance of a neutral third party, known as the mediator. Mediation offers additional advantages, including:

  • A potentially faster resolution

  • Greater control over the process

  • Lower costs

  • Confidentiality

  • Preservation of relationships

Legal Separation

Some spouses are cautious about the finality of a divorce. If you are unsure of what to do, a separation may be a viable option. A legal separation is a court order that creates space between you and your spouse. Child custody, child support, division of marital assets and debts, and spousal support are all ordered by the court, but one caveat is that you are still formally married under the eyes of the law. You cannot remarry under a legal separation.

Why choose legal separation? Many people go this route because of religious or personal beliefs that do not allow for divorce. This solution gives them a way to live separately while remaining married. Some choose legal separation so they don’t lose out on benefits, such as Social Security or pensions. Our team can help you discover if this is the best path for you.

Collaborative Divorce

If you took out the fighting aspect of a divorce and focused on resolving your issues, you would have a collaborative divorce. The process typically invites other professionals such as parenting specialists, financial experts, and divorce attorneys to help parties reach an agreeable settlement. A major drawback of collaborative law is when negotiations fail and it does not work out. You would then have to start the divorce process from the beginning with new attorneys, which can be very expensive.

Call a La Jolla Divorce Attorney Today

Whether you are looking to mediate your disputes or go through litigation, our skilled divorce attorney at Dan McCandless Law will guide you through every step of the way. Your attorney Dan McCandless will apply his extensive background in conflict resolution inside and outside the courtroom to achieve a desired resolution.

Contact us online or call (858) 266-9171 to schedule your consultation with our top-rated San Diego divorce attorney.