We are always prepared to go to hearings or trial, but we encourage our clients to resolve their issues through collaborative negotiation when reasonable to do so. Any settlement, whether achieved through discussions, in negotiations with the help of a Santa Clara County divorce lawyer, or through a mediation process, is bound to be quicker, more cost-effective, and less traumatic than a divorce trial. Clients who are successful in the collaborative process tend to benefit by having a voice in the final decision, as opposed to being bound by whatever order is rendered by the court. This makes perfect sense, especially if you consider that a divorce judge is usually someone you don’t know, and who may have a different point of view than you do. The idea of taking your spouse to court might seem attractive, but the reality is often an expensive battle that ends badly for everyone involved. This is not always the case, but it is definitely something to consider when hiring an attorney. As a former corporate contract negotiator and financial analyst, seasoned attorney Andrew Marcellino has the versatility to represent his divorce clients in complex and changing circumstances. This versatility means that you have a greater opportunity to get what you want and need from your divorce.