Healthy Divorce Options

If you face divorce, you have to make choices — choices that affect your future, the future of your children, and the retention or disbursement of any property. An experienced divorce lawyer can help you understand your options.

At Harris and Fraser, we have been doing this for more than 25 years, and we can help you resolve your divorce. With substantial experience and success in litigation and collaborative law, we can help you choose the best route through the legal process. Moreover, we understand the heightened stakes when children and property are involved. The security and safety of you, your children and your assets remain our top priority.

Together we will discuss your situation, your needs and your priorities. Call us at 650-389-9036 to schedule a time to meet.

A Family Law Firm You Can Count On

We represent clients at any stage of and in all matters relating to divorce:

  • Child custody: Protecting your child's best interests as we safeguard your parental rights
  • Child support: Working to obtain a child support order that fits the circumstances of your family
  • Property division: Equitable distribution of assets and debts
  • Spousal support/alimony : Otherwise known as alimony, we help ensure that you pay or receive the appropriate amount of support under California law

Exploring Your Divorce Options: Collaborative Law, Mediation and Litigation

In California, a divorce is accomplished by obtaining an order from a judge terminating the marriage. Our attorneys can advise you on a few different divorce strategies. Collaborative law, as a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), often presents an attractive method to negotiate a divorce settlement. However, sometimes circumstances and attitudes make effective ADR impossible and litigation is the only option.

  • Litigation — Litigation in this context means the traditional method of getting a divorce. Each party retains an attorney to help him or her present his or her case to a judge who then renders a decision. This type of divorce occurs if the parties are unable to reach a settlement. At Harris and Fraser, we have 30 years of experience in litigation and we are as comfortable in the courtroom as we are in the conference room.
  • Alternative dispute resolution options (including collaborative law and mediation) may represent a preferable option in some circumstances. We can help you ascertain the decision that is right for you, and explore the following ADR options:
    • Collaborative law: A more cost-effective and time-efficient alternative to litigation, this approach enables parties to negotiate a resolution with the promise of avoiding litigation and court.
    • Mediation: An attorney from Harris and Fraser will act as a mediator, impartially guiding the two parties to a final resolution without anyone ever having to set foot in court.
    • Mediation consulting: When parties enter into mediation, we act as consultants for one of the spouses in the process, informing that party as to his or her legal rights, developing a strategy, and evaluating whether a proposed agreement is truly in the party's best interests.

Contact Our Bay Area Divorce Attorneys Today

We offer superior customer service and sound legal advice to clients who require assistance with family law matters, including divorce, child custody and child support. Complete our contact form or call 650-389-9036 to discuss the unique facts of your case.