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The Four Divorce Alternatives

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No two marital relationships are the same, and so it only follows that no two divorces will be the same, either.

In fact, if you’re a female who’s considering divorce, you have several alternatives about how to continue. In general terms, you require to consider four broad categories of divorce options: Do-It-Yourself (Do It Yourself), Mediation, Collaborative and Lawsuits. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of each one.

Do-It-Yourself Divorce

The best recommendations I can provide you about Do-It-Yourself Divorce, is DON’T Do-It-Yourself!

The only situation I can envision when a Do-It-Yourself divorce may make any possible sense, may be in a case where the marriage lasted only two or 3 years and there are no kids, little or no assets/debts to be divided, equivalent earnings and no spousal support. In a case like that, a Do-It-Yourself divorce could be accomplished quite quickly and cheaply.


In divorce mediation, a separating couple works with a neutral arbitrator who assists both celebrations come to a contract on all elements of their divorce. Both parties still require to consult with their own, individual lawyers during the mediation and prior to signing the last divorce settlement contract.

Here are a couple of advantages and disadvantages to think about before deciding if mediation will work for you.

On the “professional” side, divorce mediation might:

  • Result in a better long-term relationship with your ex-husband considering that you will not “combat” in court.
  • Be easier on kids since the divorce procedures may be more peaceful.
  • Accelerate an arrangement.
  • Reduce expenditures.
  • Help you remain in control of your divorce because you are deciding (and the court isn’t).
  • Enable more discretion. Mediation is private; litigated divorce is public.

On the “con” side, divorce mediation might:

  • Waste time and money. If negotiations fail, you’ll require to begin all over.
  • Be insufficient or unduly beneficial to one spouse. If the mediator is inexperienced or biased towards your hubby, the result could be unfavorable for you.
  • Lead to an unenforceable contract. A mediation arrangement that’s uneven or badly drafted can be challenged.
  • Result in legal issues. Any problem of law will still need to be ruled upon by the court.
  • Fail to uncover certain assets. Given that all monetary information is voluntarily disclosed and there is no subpoena of records, your husband could possibly conceal assets/income.
  • Reinforce unhealthy behavior patterns. If one partner is controling and the other is submissive, the final settlement may not be fair.
  • Fuel feelings. Mediation could increase unfavorable habits of a spouse with a propensity for physical/mental or drugs/alcohol abuse.

Couples typically hear about the wonders of mediation and how it is apparently a much better, less contentious, less pricey and more “dignified” way to get a divorce. My biggest issue with mediation is that the sole function and objective of the mediator is to get the parties to come to a contract– any contract! Unless both celebrations can be relatively reasonable and friendly (and if they can be, why are they getting divorced???), I think that mediation is usually not a feasible option for many ladies.

Collective Divorce

Basically, collective divorce takes place when a couple consents to work out a divorce settlement without litigating.

During a collective divorce both you and your partner will each work with an attorney who has been trained in the collaborative divorce procedure. The function of the lawyers in a collective divorce is quite various than in a standard divorce.

In the collective process, you, your partner and your respective attorneys all need to sign an arrangement that requires that both lawyers withdraw from the case if a settlement is not reached and/or if litigation is threatened. If this occurs, both you and your other half should begin all over once again and discover brand-new lawyers. Neither celebration can utilize the very same attorneys again!

Even if the collaborative process is successful, you will normally have to appear in family court so a judge can sign the agreement. The legal process can be much quicker and less pricey than standard litigation if the collective process works.

Though, I have actually found that the collective method frequently does not work well to settle divorces involving complex financial circumstances or when there are significant assets. In collaborative divorce, simply as in mediation, all monetary details (income, properties and liabilities) is divulged voluntarily. What’s more, many high net worth divorces involve services and professional practices where it is reasonably easy to conceal properties and income.

So … as a basic rule, my recommendation is this:

Do NOT utilize any of these very first 3 options– Do-It-Yourself Divorce, Mediation or Collaborative Divorce– if:

  • You presume your partner is hiding assets/income.
  • Your spouse is aggressive, and you have trouble speaking out or you hesitate to voice your viewpoints.
  • There is a history or danger of domestic violence (physical and/or mental) towards you and/or your children.
  • You or your hubby has a drug/alcohol addiction.

Litigated Divorce

The 4th divorce alternative is the most typical. Nowadays, most of separating couples select the “conventional” model of prosecuted divorce.

Remember, however, “litigated” does not mean the divorce ends up in court. The vast bulk of all divorce cases (more than 95 percent) reach an out-of-court settlement arrangement. “Litigation” is a legal term significance ‘performing a claim.’

Why are claims a part of divorce? Due to the fact that contrary to common belief, divorce generally does not include two individuals equally agreeing to end their marital relationship. In 80 percent of cases, the choice to divorce is unilateral– one party desires the divorce and the other does not. That, by its very nature, creates an adversarial scenario right from the start and frequently disqualifies mediation and collaborative divorce, given that both techniques rely on the full cooperation of both parties and the voluntary disclosure of all monetary info.

Plainly, if you are starting with an adversarial and highly mentally charged circumstance, the opportunities are really high that cooperation or mediation might fail. Why take the risk of going those routes when chances are they might fail, squandering your time and money?

The most essential and most hard parts of any divorce are concerning an agreement on child custody, department of properties and liabilities and alimony payments (how much and for how long). Although you desire your lawyer to be a highly knowledgeable arbitrator, you don’t want somebody who is excessively combative, prepared to combat over anything and whatever. An extremely contentious technique will not just lengthen the pain and substantially increase your legal fees, it will also be emotionally harmful to everybody included, specifically the kids.

Remember: The majority of divorce attorneys (or a minimum of the ones I would advise) will constantly aim to come to an affordable settlement with the other celebration. But if they can’t concern a reasonable settlement or if the other party is totally unreasonable then, unfortunately, going to court, or threatening to do so, might be the only method to fix these issues.

Up up until that point both attorneys were “negotiators,” trying to get the parties to jeopardize and come to some sensible resolution. As soon as in court, the function of each attorney modifications.

And do not forget, as soon as you’re in court, it’s a judge who knows really little about you and your family that will make the decisions about your kids, your property, your money and how you live your life. That’s a very big threat for both parties to take– and that’s likewise why the danger of litigating is typically such a good deterrent.

Here’s my last word of recommendations about divorce options: Weigh divorce choices carefully. The bottom line is that every family, and every divorce, is different. Obviously, if you are able to work with your hubby to make decisions and both of you are sincere and affordable, then mediation or the collaborative approach may be best. If you have doubts, it is good to be all set with “Plan B” which would be the prosecuted divorce.

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