Frequently Asked Questions

Divorce Mediation FAQ

How long will my divorce take?

A minimum of 6 months from when your spouse receives a court filed copy of the initial divorce documents. That said, timing depends on many factors, including if your matter is agreeable or not. Having professional help is critical as the court forms and entire process is complicated to manage.

How much does a divorce cost?

An average divorce in California costs $17,500. Hiring a legal document preparation professional, including having the option of divorce coaching and mediation, can significantly reduce that cost.

Do I have to go to divorce court?

No. If your matter is agreeable or uncontested, and have legal help, you will never see the inside of a courtroom.

Do I need an attorney to file for divorce?

No. A competent legal document assistant, with the option of coaching and mediation, is likely all you need. If legal advice becomes necessary, attorney input can be sought.

Are all legal document services and mediators the same?

No. Just like all attorneys are not the same, this goes for document assistants and mediators. It is best to hire someone you feel comfortable with and trust, so do your homework upfront and choose wisely as it can make a difference.

How is custody, visitation and child/spousal support decided?

No family situation is identical. There are a variety of aspects to be considered. The process of establishing custody, visitation, and child/spousal support can be made easier or remain difficult. If you and your spouse are not able to come to an agreement together, bringing in a coach and/or mediator to assist can prove valuable. There are many creative ways to come up with an agreement which are often unaware of by the parties and available in the legal professional’s toolbox.

Can I file my own divorce?

Technically, yes. It may not be the best idea. Many of our divorce clients need help completing the process. I applaud do-it-yourselfers, but the court forms have so many little nuances so having professional help from the get-go could prove well worth it in the end.

Estate Planning FAQ

What if I die without a Will?

It is called, dying “intestate.” Laws of California will decide the division of your assets and who raises your minor children. Best solution is to have a Living Trust & Will combination.

What is a Living Trust?

A Living Trust helps avoids probate, which is an expensive and time-consuming court process where the laws of California decide the division of your property.

What is an Estate Plan?

An Estate Plan consists of a complete document set such as Living Trust, Will and Powers of Attorney so every aspect of your personal and financial affairs, before death and after, are properly accounted for and planned out in advance. Helps create “Peace of Mind.”

What is Probate?

It is an often-unnecessary expensive and time-consuming court process where California law decides the division of your property. A Living Trust helps avoid the probate process, so your heirs receive your property without government involvement.

Will vs. Living Trust?

In a “Will,” you state who gets your property and who manages the process of distributing your property after death, but a court process known as “Probate” is often necessary which is expensive and time-consuming. If you have children, in your “Will” you name a “Guardian” to raise them. A “Living Trust” is similar to a “Will” in that you state who gets your property and who manages the process, but it helps avoid the Probate process. Best solution is to have a combination “Living Trust” to avoid probate and a “Will” to name a Guardian for children.

What is a Living Will and Advanced Healthcare Directive?

These terms are interchangeable. If you become incapacitated or at your end of life and cannot communicate your healthcare wishes, such as if you want “Life Support” or not, these documents contain your wishes and appoints someone to make those decisions for you.

Do I need a Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Management?

Yes. Everyone should have a Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Management. If you are in a car accident, have a heart attack or experience memory loss, and do not have the capacity to make decisions, you are going to need a trusted person or “Agent” to help you. “Durable” allows the powers to remain while you are incapacitated.

Legal Document Preparation

Divorce Mediation

PINK Legal has an experienced Probate and Divorce / Family Law Mediator on staff. Whether you need a complete agreement or just need to settle one lingering issue, we are here to help.

Estate Planning

Estate Planning, Trusts & Wills

Before you start planning your estate planning documentation, you should learn about the different documents involved and how they align with your needs. Our services include Living Trusts, Amendments/Codicils, Power of Attorney, and Trust Administration.


Probate Matters

The probate process can vary dramatically based on where you live. That’s why it’s so important to avoid unnecessary fees and delays with proper planning. Our services include Probates, Guardianship, and Conservatorship.

Civil Issues

Civil cases resolve issues between people, companies, and/or the government. Unresolved cases are often brought before an impartial third party. Pink Legal provides the following services that fall under Civil matters: Name Change, Small Claims, Eviction, and more.

Family Law

Family Law includes a variety of issues surrounding rights and obligations including Divorce, Custody, QDRO/Joinder, and Adoption. With Pink Legal the process is straight forward as we assist you through the process including filing with the courts.

Business Services

Whether you are looking to set up a company or you need help with simple title changes, PINK Legal will consult and provide the guidance to get things done efficiently and cost effectively.

Our Locations


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Bakersfield, CA 93301
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Orcutt, CA 93455
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Think of us as right in the middle between Do-It-Yourself and hiring an attorney.

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