Many people searching for a Divorce Lawyer in San Francisco contact the Liaise offices. They often ask, do I need a Divorce Attorney?
The answer is No – and Yes.
No, you do not need, and should avoid, a divorce litigator. A litigator being a trial attorney skilled in the tactics of trial craft, trained to eagerly, and aggressively, battle for their client at any cost. Rest assured that ‘cost” is stunningly high.
Yes, you do need a lawyer knowledgeable in the area of family law. A divorce attorney, or legal counselor, familiar with the parameters of what is fair and reasonable in the law of property division and appropriate child and spousal support amounts and durations.
Divorce attorneys in San Francisco, and throughout California, will tell you that Family Law is complicated. There are sophisticated concepts and nuances that need to be grasped in order to truly understand the depth and scope of issues presented.
This is undeniably quite true. On the other hand, do you really need two lawyers to perform this function? The answer to that question is no. What most couples need is a single divorce attorney to help them to identify issues and work together to arrive at a resolution that works best for that particular family.
In point of fact, that is exactly what you receive when you work with a Liaise mediator. An experienced Family Law attorney, well versed in mediation skills, trained to facilitate and support the achievement of a negotiated settlement.
Do yourself and your family the best favor possible and seek a mediated resolution to your family law dispute.
David D. Stein has been an attorney for over 20 years and is the founder of Liaise® Divorce Solutions. He is a trained mediator, dispute resolution specialist and lecturer on non-violent conflict management techniques and tools.