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What options are there for my divorce?

When most people think about divorce, they typically envision the traditional court room litigation setting. This, however, is only one means to the end of a marriage. For divorcing couples wishing to explore their options, it may be good to know they do have several choices.

In recent years, the collaborative divorce option has become a widely accepted and popular option to the traditional litigated divorce. A collaborative law approach to divorce allows spouses to work together toward problem resolution in a positive, communication-based environment. Like the traditional litigated divorce, collaborative divorces are done with the help of attorneys that specialize in collaborative law. Collaborative law attorneys have the training and experience necessary to understand their client's needs. In the event collaborative law does not work for divorcing spouses, they are released by their attorneys to seek alternative representation.

Similar to collaborative law, mediation is a communication- and cooperation-based process used in civil divorce cases. Unlike other methods of divorce, mediation is done without the representation of an attorney. A trained mediator works with spouses toward problem resolution by addressing the common aspects of divorce. Mediation is more formal than a do-it-yourself or pro se divorce and typically yields a better result for marriages that involve several family law complexities.

Mediation, collaborative law and the do-it-yourself divorce are all options offered to divorcing spouses looking to dissolve their marriage without entering into an ugly litigated divorce battle. Although these methods of divorce may be successful for spouses that can remain civil throughout the process and have few complex family law issues to resolve, they are not for everyone. Divorcing spouses that are concerned with which method is best for their situation may benefit by speaking to an experienced family law attorney.

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