Compassion In Practice

Divorce With A Respectful Resolution

With over 20 years of California family law experience, I understand how devastating a divorce can be for a family. Between the emotional turmoil, the financial stress and fear of an unknown future, you have plenty to worry about. The legal process does not need to add to your distress. You have options for how you approach your divorce, including negotiated agreements and mediation. Your divorce need not be full of conflict.

I am attorney Paula J. Goforth. At Goforth Family Law & Mediation, I am here to help each client find a resolution to their divorce so they can move forward with their life. My experience has shown me that my clients have stronger outcomes when they create their own future. I am committed to helping every client do just that with compassion and skill. I also offer couples unbiased family law mediation services.

What Can You Expect From Your Divorce?

Once you or your spouse files for divorce, you will need to address several issues. You may be able to resolve most of these issues through negotiation or mediation. Common issues include:

  • Division of marital property – Every divorcing couple must determine what to do with the property they accumulated together during their marriage. This can range from the family home to retirement funds and can become quite complex.
  • Child custody – Many parents are able to come to an agreement regarding their custody arrangement. If they cannot, they will have to go through mandatory child custody recommending counseling.
  • Child support and alimony – I will help you determine how child support or spousal support may look in your situation.

In addition to helping clients through divorce, I also assist people who want to modify a custody or support order after the divorce due to a change in circumstances.

The Benefits Of An Agreement

You know your family better than anyone, and certainly better than the judge who will review your case. That is why you are the best person to create the divorce agreement that will affect your future. Inviting a third-party neutral to help you work out your legal issues in mediation can also result in a more satisfactory outcome for everyone.

If you and your spouse are open to negotiating your own agreements regarding property division, custody issues and support, you will save yourself a considerable amount of time and money. In addition, litigation often results in further emotional turmoil for both the adults and the children. For that reason, I view litigation as a last resort, only to be used if necessary.

Get Started Today

If you are ready to get started, I am ready to help. Contact my Carlsbad office to schedule an appointment by calling 760-857-5427 or filling out my online contact form.