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  • 16 Dec. 2013

    Can I Retain an Attorney and a Mediator at the Same Time?

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    You can absolutely retain your own independent attorney, along with a neutral mediator, in any pending family law case. A mediator will remain neutral, and should be retained jointly by you and your spouse. Mediation sessions will be conducted with all parties present, and private negotiations or discussions should only take place with advance notice and consultation. However, many parties also ...
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  • 12 Dec. 2013

    What Information Will A Mediator In A Divorce Proceeding Need?

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    If you and your spouse decide to pursue mediation, the mediator will need to see the evidence to support your assets and debts before she can help guide you to an agreement. Parties to a dissolution action must complete both an Income and Expense Declaration and a Schedule of Assets and Debts. They must also share their last two years of tax returns, along with the last three months of paystubs or ...
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  • 9 Dec. 2013

    Why Should I Consider Mediating My Divorce?

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    Mediation offers a convenient forum for you and your spouse to dissolve your marriage without the time and expense associated with a formal court action. Here's how it works: You and your spouse retain a mediator together. The parties work jointly with the mediator to discuss and negotiate specific issues in the case. Negotiations should be transparent, and the mediator should not consult with ...
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  • 25 Nov. 2013

    Can a Same Sex Partner Have a Community Property Claim in the Event of a Breakup?

    Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

    The answer to this question is yes! The principles of the ground-breaking case, Marvin v. Marvin (1976) 18 Cal.3d 660, applies to both opposite and same sex couples. Same sex couples can form enforceable agreements, either expressly through words or a written document, or implicitly through their actions, to support one another, to pool their earnings or to share their property. As in any Marvin ...
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