Perhaps the most critical issue in most California divorces is the value of the homestead. For most couples, the family home is their most valuable asset. The value of the home will determine how all other marital assets will be divided.
Ending a marriage can burden one or both spouses with extreme stress. This stress often leads one or both parties to take an unreasonable position on one or more critical issues, such as child custody or property division. Our state's courts are now using mediation to help people deal with this important change in their lives without developing a chronic hatred for the ex-partner and without engaging in wasteful litigation.