Hi! I’m Emily Robinson with the Dion Law Group, and I practise Family Law in Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties.

I wanted to talk about how to keep a divorce cheap and fast. I want to talk about it in the context with children. One of the things that can make your divorce be the most expensive, and in a long process possible is fighting over every little thing with the children. If you don’t work out a parenting plan with your spouse, then every single issue is going to be a mountain for you, instead of a small little hill that you can sort out.

For example, if you’re gonna fight over which vitamins the kids take, what they wear to school, are you sharing clothes, or are you not sharing clothes, when is bed time? If every single thing will cause a fight, then your case is going to drag out for years, and it’s going to cause a lot of heartaches, a lot of headaches, and be very expensive. So the best thing I can recommended for cases with children is to a parenting plan in place right away. Either you meet with a marriage and family therapist, other qualified professional, go to a conciliation court mediation, go to some other type of mediation, take up a parenting class – there are a lot of options out there. But whatever you do, try to get on the same page with your partner about how you’re going to parent – which are the big issues to discuss, which are the small issues to discuss. So you can avoid causing a lengthy, expensive battle on these issues which will put a lot of emotional stress on your children, as well.

If you have any questions on this topic, you can contact me at (805) 497-7474 or go to my video blog about Divorce, and Family Law.  You may also send me an inquiry here.