The GDC divorce facilitator will help you:
1) Find facilitated agreement on the property issues (assets & debts) concerning your marital estate.
2) Communicate and cooperate with your spouse.
3) Find facilitated agreement on child custody and child support.
5) Have a facilitated discussion regarding spousal support.
6) Draft and sign all necessary court forms and agreements.
7) Complete your divorce, annulment or legal separation self-represented—without lawyers.
Why Is Go Divorce Clinic Your Best Choice?
Robert Revel, the founder of Go Divorce Clinic and author of the original LDA-Mediator model established in Sonoma County in 2008 for uncontested divorce. Due to his high standards he remains the sole Divorce Facilitator at GDC. Robert is a University of California at Santa Cruz Credentialed Advanced Paralegal, graduating top in his class in April of 2008. To add to this, he retains formal A.D.R. mediation credentialing from John F. Kennedy University. Many "mediators" are not formally trained, but learn through volunteer programs without legitimate Alternative Dispute education at an accredited college or university. Robert is also one of the few veteran registered Legal Document Assistants in Sonoma County. A longstanding member of the California Legal Document Assistants (CALDA), Robert is a consummate and well-established professional in this field. Finally, Robert's process with clients is enriched with his training and affiliation with the work of Dr. Marshal Rosenberg's Center For Non-Violent Communication, an organization through which he conducted high conflict resolution training for a multitude of programs for over a decade. He is also the author of two published books on violence, communication, self-help and relationship.
Your GDC Divorce Facilitator:
1) University Credentialed Advanced Paralegal.
2) University Credentialed Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator.
3) Registered Legal Document Assistant.
4) Non-Violent Communication (NVC) specialist.
5) Published Author and lecturer on violence, communication, conflict, self-development, and relationship.
The Go Divorce Clinic Process
I. 1 Hour Free Consultation: 30 minutes is not enough to thoroughly cover the important ground required to help our clients feel at ease and informed, so we donate a full hour to the process without charge. Both Robert and Lenni conduct the meeting with the couple to ensure that the Parties qualify for an uncontested divorce, and to share with them any and all information to help them decide on how to proceed. At this time the GDC facilitator can go over any specific questions while providing detailed information about the process.
II. Intake. After the couple chooses to contract with GDC, each party is provided with a specially designed GDC information intake forms, which the clients fill out and return to GDC via email. GDC will then complete all required declarations and serve them on the appropriate parties.
III. Drafting Agreement. Once all the required information and agreed upon decisions are gathered from the parties, GDC will begin to generate all the required court forms for your divorce, as well as the preliminary detail of what will eventually become the marriage settlement agreement, called a "Summary of Working Issues" (SWI). All divorces and legal separation judgements at GDC are completed using a full settlement agreement document to be signed by both parties, and are not just processed on court forms.
IV. Signing and Filing. When the Summary of Working Issues (SWI) fully represents the couple's agreed to choices and decisions regarding their divorce, the clients may elect to have an attorney review the document in lieu of converting it into a Marriage Settlement Agreement (MSA), or they may elect to proceed to signing the agreement without attorney review. The judgment is then filed by our office for the Court to finalize and return to us.
V. Divorce Decree. The court will process the submitted judgment and returned signed by the judge as an order of divorce decree. The paperwork is returned to our office file at the courthouse where we retreive it on our clients behalf. We then notify you and send you copy and record of your judgment and decree.
VI. Timing. The timing for a client's active participation can vary from a few days to several weeks (depending on the current GDC caseload), but mostly it depends on how fast the couple gets GDC all the requisite information and decisions needed to settle out the marriage dissolution. A divorce decree however will not be issued in California until 6 months and 1 day (California's statutory "cool off" period) have past after the court endorsed filed petition for divorce is served on the Respondent. A legal separation does not have a "cool" off period and will be granted at the court's entry of judgement.
* GDC and its agents are not attorneys. No information provided on this website is intended as legal advice or counsel for a divorce or any matter, and should not be construed as such. Accordingly, the information on this site is provided with the understanding that the authors and publishers are not herein engaged in rendering legal, accounting, financial, tax, or other professional advice and services. As such, it should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting, tax, legal, financial or other competent advisers. In no event will Go Divorce Clinic, its related partnerships or corporations, or the partners, agents or employees thereof be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken in reliance on the information presented in this site, or for any consequential, special or similar damages.