If you are planning to end your marriage, there are many different ways to go about getting divorced aside from mediation. Some of the alternatives to divorce mediation include collaborative divorce, arbitration, and divorce litigation. Continue reading to learn more about these alternatives to getting divorced.
Divorce mediation will keep you out of court during your divorce, but it is not the only option available to you if you are looking to end your marriage without going through litigation. Collaborative divorce is another alternative that will keep you out of court. As is the case with mediation, you and your spouse must agree to work together in this process. You will then have to hire an attorney who is experienced in collaborative divorce. Through a series of meetings, you, your spouse, and your respective attorneys will negotiate the terms of your divorce. If you are unable to agree on every aspect of divorce, your attorneys will have to withdraw from your case and you will both have to start the process again.
Divorce arbitration is another option available to couples and is often used when spouses hit a snag in their negotiations and would like to resolve them without going to court. It is a type of trial, though it does not take place in a public courtroom. Instead, it will be held in a private setting known as arbitration. Instead of being heard by a judge, both sides will agree to an Arbitrator who will listen to the case and render a decision, which generally cannot be appealed.
Lastly, if none of these out-of-court options work for you, you can always go through the divorce litigation process. Through litigation, your case will be heard by a judge who will make a decision on all the key issues of your divorce. If you and your spouse cannot agree to any other alternatives and your divorce is contested, this is likely the path you will have to take to end your marriage.
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