Linda Noeske is a Family Law Specialist certified by the California State Board of Legal Specialization. Her family law specialty practice includes:
- Legal Separation
- Property Division
- Child Custody and Visitation, including moveaway requests by either Parent
- Child Support, including determination of arrearages and DCSS cases
- Spousal Support, including temporary support, permanent support and modification of support
- Division of pension/retirement benefits, including Qualified Domestic Relations Orders
- Stepparent Adoptions
- Temporary Restraining Orders and Domestic Violence Prevention
Mediation is a very popular form of alternative dispute resolution in divorce cases. Linda has received extensive training in mediation and is fully qualified to serve as a mediating attorney for divorcing couples. As the parties’ mediating attorney, Linda does not represent either party. Rather, she facilitates communication between the parties so as to reach a compromise or settlement of all aspects of the divorce case. Mediation allows the parties to avoid going to court entirely. Once the parties arrive at a joint solution, or settlement, through mediation conferences, Linda will prepare that agreement and all final judgment documents which are then submitted to the court clerk for processing. The parties never have to personally appear in court. Mediation has proven to be a very cost-effective approach to marital dissolution.
Linda will review with the client non-adversarial approaches to divorce which include both collaborative law and mediation. If the parties choose collaborative law for their divorce case, they sign an agreement to cooperate, fully disclose all assets, and engage in cooperative bargaining to work toward a mutually beneficial result. The key difference between collaborative law and conventional, or adversarial, divorce is the collaborative law pledge to reach an agreement without going to court. Parties in collaborative law have complete control over the outcome of their divorce cases and may avail themselves of outside experts to help with financial and mental health issues and to assist in determining custodial and time-share arrangements which are in the best interests of their children. Issues are discussed openly and with respect. The parties and their collaborative counsel focus on a problem-solving, results-oriented approach.