The decision to end a marriage is a deeply personal matter for many people in California. However, divorce hearings are typically held in public courthouses, which flies in direct opposition to most people's feelings on the matter. However, there is an alternative. You can hire a family law judge to provide a private judging.
A private judging includes the judge, the divorcing couple and their respective attorneys. Couples can carefully select the judge based on qualifications and past cases that he or she has presided over. If you have extremely complicated assets or are dealing with unique circumstances, the ability to hire a judge who has experience with these matters can be very appealing. If you go through a public hearing, there is no guarantee that the official overseeing your divorce will have relevant experience.
Most people who utilize this method report that they feel less stressed than their counterparts who go through public hearings. There are other benefits to a private judging, too:
- A quicker, more efficient divorce process
- Heightened privacy for personal and financial information
- Retain all your rights under family law, including the right to appeal
No two California families are alike, and as such there is no one-size-fits-all approach to family law matters. This is partly what makes using a private judge for divorce so beneficial -- you can make the process as personal to your situation as possible. However, a private judge alone will not solve all your problems. Having an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side can ensure that your rights are upheld throughout your divorce.