I believe that going through a death of a loved one is the #1 most stressful event a person will experience in his or her lifetime. Divorce is ranked #2 in terms of life changing, stressful events. I have practiced exclusively family law for over 23 years, predominately in Orange County. I also take cases in Long Beach, which is Los Angeles County, but don't venture beyond those two courts at this point of my career. I have seen a lot of clients just like you, go through this process. However, unlike other attorneys, I help Clients solve their problem, without taking your college education fund from your children. Divorce does not have to cost thousands of dollars, but sometimes it gets out of control, either because one party chooses to "fight no matter what it costs," or the opposing counsel has promised them the moon, for a price.
As a solo practitioner, throughout my legal career, I have litigated against the big law firms - and won, several times! I didn't like bullies on the playground, and I don't like them in the court room, either. My first goal is to determine if we can resolve your case in Mediation, or in settlement with the other side, without going to Court.
My approach to your divorce is different. After we have assessed the case, I first attempt to reach an amicable agreement with the other party. If that does not work, then we litigate. Of course, the $64,000 question for custody cases, is this: "How much money do you want to spend, arguing over Monday through Thursday?"