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High conflict divorce in California

Most divorces have some degree of conflict involved; if a couple were able to figure things out, they would not get a divorce. However, some divorces are so contentious that they can make the divorce process even more difficult. Along with the high cost of ligated divorces, divorces with large amounts of conflict are more likely to involve physical harm to those involved.

Litigated divorces are not just more stressful; they are also far more expensive than other options for handling a divorce. On average, a litigated divorce will cost $77,746; on the other hand, mediated divorces have an average cost of $6,600 and collaborative divorces average $19,723.

Data also indicates that divorces involving large amounts of conflict may result in physical violence. There have been several relatively recent reports of people being killed by a spouse during divorce proceedings. Earlier this year, in Delaware, a woman and her friend were killed while going into a courthouse for a child-support hearing. In 2011, several people were shot and killed when a man opened fire at the workplace of his ex-wife.

If someone is going through a contested divorce, mediation may not be possible. No matter how conciliatory someone attempts to be, their efforts will only be successful if their spouse is open to negotiation. When a person finds themselves going through a litigated divorce, they must understand how the law determines matters related to divorce. A lawyer could explain court processes and the way that issues are determined. If a client does not have a combative divorce, a family law attorney may also be able to act as a mediator or aid with collaborative divorce.

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