Collaborative Law Beneficial for Amicable Divorcees

Posted by: Gerald Maggio

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With the economy still on a rocky road to recovery, many couples are choosing less contentious routes to divorce. Collaborative law can be less expensive and a more amicable way to divorce. Especially for the baby boom population that has doubled in divorce rates, collaborative law can be the best way to dissolve a marriage. Baby boomers have kids out of the house and some find that the marriage only lasted because of the kids.

Dividing the assets becomes a conversation between the couple, and is given the approval with a divorce attorney’s input versus in a courtroom with a judge deciding each individual’s share. “Divorce will always be a tough, emotional journey, but now people are being more practical and pragmatic about how to bring resolution,” said Karen Stewart, a divorce and relationship expert. “Boomers are looking for alternatives to the standard ‘hire two lawyers to fight it out’; people recognize the need to bring the marriage to an end in a less destructive way.”

When both adults can see the divorce akin to the end to a business relationship, they can remove the spite and stress that often leads people to court. Couples can expedite the divorce process with collaborative law and lessen a lot of the stress. When couples can focus on divorce in a business-like fashion they can remove themselves emotionally. Every divorce lawyer has a story about a client that fought for weeks over some prized possession that had no economic value and delayed divorce proceedings.

“Women tend to be completely paranoid about being left to starve and become bag ladies,” said Stewart. “Men are typically worried about being taken to the cleaners. Our job is to come up with a solution that is going to make both individuals leave feeling comfortable and secure.”

And that’s the essence of collaborative law. When a couple can sit down and divide property, assets, and mutually determine what is best for their children in custody and child support matters, each adult can be better off financially and emotionally.

The Maggio Law Firm has many years of experience in divorce and collaborative law.  Gerald A. Maggio is an Orange County divorce attorney, in Irvine, California. To learn more about Orange County divorce lawyer, Gerald A. Maggio, visit or call (949) 553-0304.

Past Due California Child Support Reaches Near-Record Levels

Posted by: Gerald Maggio

Top Orange County divorce lawyers; The Maggio Law FirmIrvine, Calif. – An astounding $19.2 billion is owed in past due child support in California, according to the state’s child support services department. California has a formula that accounts for what a parent can afford and even a debt compromise program for parents who owe monies due to welfare payments. California’s interest rate on child support owed, currently at 10 percent, is sometimes blamed for the high back pay due; but ultimately a parent must pay for the livelihood of their child.

Hefty fines and even jail time can be the consequence of not paying child support. If a parent has a valid reason why their child support should be modified, they should get legal counsel to show proof of the change in circumstances. Job layoffs, a big cut in pay, or disasters and emergencies can greatly affect a parent’s ability to pay.

“An individual must show the change has substantially affected their income, is permanent, and was not a voluntary change,” says Irvine child support attorney Gerald Maggio, of the Maggio Law Firm. “Many people wait until they are already behind to get a modification, but the minute a big change has occurred you should be getting legal counsel.”

Support orders should be reviewed every three years to account for any financial changes of the parents or needs for the child. An experienced Orange County child support attorney will ensure the accuracy of filing the modification, and sometimes even an extension is needed for a child’s schooling or medical situation. It’s important to know that child support cannot be modified retroactively, so if a parent waits too long to modify, the back pay will still be due at the different amount.

The Maggio Law Firm has a successful track record of enforcing child support orders and modifying it for clients when a big life change occurs. They are accomplished in child custody, division of property, spousal support, and many California divorce matters. Maggio is known for aggressively pursing his client’s and their child’s rights with empathy, skill, and efficiency.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Orange County divorce lawyer Gerald Maggio, contact The Maggio Law Firm by calling (949) 553-0304 or visiting

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