Low Cost Divorce Attorney

The San Jose law office of Vivian Carlson offers low cost divorce alternatives to those seeking to keep their costs to a minimum:

  • Educate yourself about the divorce process. It will help you decide how to control the process and make educated decisions.  Superior Court websites are a good source. Each county in California has its own website.
  •  Decide what is worth fighting over, and what isn’t.
  • Hire an affordable lawyer. There is a large range of per hour fees. There are lawyers who will charge a flat fee for certain services. Shop around.
  •  You can avoid using lawyers. Superior Courts in California have self-help clinics to help with document preparation. The self help clinics will not appear in court for you.
  • Use a lawyer in a limited fashion. You may need help on a few steps in the process. This is called limited scope representation. Read the article in this website about limited scope representation.
  • If you and your spouse/domestic partner, are willing to cooperate and maintain a goal of working together on your legal matter, consider the use of a mediator. Mediation aims to keep emotional issues on the backburner.

Author: Vivian Carlson

Lawyer and Mediator Vivian C. Carlson represents clients in Santa Clara County, San Mateo County and Alameda County in divorce, custody, and estate matters. She advocates early dispute resolution of family law matters through mediation. Read her article on Mediation.