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The Four Divorce Alternatives

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No 2 marital relationships are the same, and so it just follows that no 2 divorces will be the same, either.

If you’re a female who’s pondering divorce, you have numerous alternatives about how to proceed. In general terms, you need to consider four broad categories of divorce alternatives: Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Mediation, Collaborative and Lawsuits. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

Do-It-Yourself Divorce

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

The only scenario I can picture when a Do-It-Yourself divorce may make any possible sense, might be in a case where the marital relationship lasted just 2 or three years and there are no children, little or no assets/debts to be divided, equivalent earnings and no spousal support. In a case like that, a Do-It-Yourself divorce might be achieved rather rapidly and inexpensively.


In divorce mediation, a separating couple works with a neutral arbitrator who assists both parties come to an arrangement on all elements of their divorce. Both parties still need to consult with their own, individual lawyers throughout the mediation and prior to signing the final divorce settlement arrangement.

Here are a couple of benefits and drawbacks to consider prior to choosing if mediation will work for you.

On the “professional” side, divorce mediation may:

  • Lead to a better long-term relationship with your ex-husband considering that you will not “fight” in court.
  • Be much easier on kids considering that the divorce proceedings might be more serene.
  • Speed up a contract.
  • Reduce costs.
  • Assist you remain in control of your divorce due to the fact that you are deciding (and the court isn’t).
  • Enable more discretion. Mediation is private; litigated divorce is public.

On the “con” side, divorce mediation may:

  • Waste time and cash. If settlements stop working, you’ll need to start all over.
  • Be insufficient or unduly favorable to one spouse. If the mediator is inexperienced or biased towards your hubby, the outcome could be unfavorable for you.
  • Lead to an unenforceable contract. A mediation arrangement that’s lopsided or badly prepared can be challenged.
  • Lead to legal problems. Any issue of law will still require to be ruled upon by the court.
  • Fail to discover certain properties. Since all financial details is willingly divulged and there is no subpoena of records, your other half might possibly conceal assets/income.
  • Enhance unhealthy habits patterns. If one partner is dominating and the other is submissive, the last settlement may not be reasonable.
  • Fuel feelings. Mediation could increase unfavorable habits of a partner with a propensity for physical/mental or drugs/alcohol abuse.

Couples typically hear about the marvels of mediation and how it is reportedly a much better, less controversial, less pricey and more “dignified” method to get a divorce. My greatest problem with mediation is that the sole role and objective of the arbitrator is to get the parties to come to an arrangement– any arrangement! Unless both celebrations can be relatively sensible and friendly (and if they can be, why are they getting separated???), I believe that mediation is typically not a practical alternative for many females.

Collaborative Divorce

Put simply, collective divorce takes place when a couple consents to exercise a divorce settlement without litigating.

Throughout a collaborative divorce both you and your husband will each work with an attorney who has actually been trained in the collaborative divorce process. The function of the attorneys in a collective divorce is quite various than in a conventional divorce. Each lawyer advises and helps their customer in negotiating a settlement contract. You will meet with your lawyer individually and you and your lawyer will also meet with your husband and his attorney. The collaborative process might likewise involve other neutral experts such as a divorce financial coordinator who will help both of you work through your financial issues and a coach or therapist who can assist assist both of you through kid custody and other mentally charged problems.

In the collective procedure, you, your hubby and your particular attorneys all should sign an agreement that needs that both lawyers withdraw from the case if a settlement is not reached and/or if lawsuits is threatened. If this happens, both you and your other half must begin all over once again and find brand-new attorneys. Neither celebration can use the same lawyers again!

Even if the collective procedure succeeds, you will typically need to appear in family court so a judge can sign the arrangement. But the legal process can be much quicker and more economical than conventional lawsuits if the collective process works.

Though, I have actually discovered that the collective approach frequently does not work well to settle divorces including complex monetary scenarios or when there are significant assets. In collective divorce, simply as in mediation, all monetary information (income, possessions and liabilities) is divulged voluntarily. What’s more, numerous high net worth divorces include organizations and expert practices where it is fairly simple to hide possessions and income.

So … as a general guideline, my suggestion is this:

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

  • You presume your husband is hiding assets/income.
  • Your husband is aggressive, and you have difficulty speaking up or you’re afraid to voice your opinions.
  • There is a history or danger of domestic violence (physical and/or mental) towards you and/or your children.
  • You or your spouse has a drug/alcohol dependency.

Litigated Divorce

The 4th divorce choice is the most typical. Nowadays, the majority of divorcing couples choose the “conventional” design of prosecuted divorce.

Remember, though, “litigated” does not mean the divorce ends up in court. In fact, the huge majority of all divorce cases (more than 95 percent) reach an out-of-court settlement agreement. “Lawsuits” is a legal term meaning ‘performing a claim.’

Why are lawsuits a part of divorce? Due to the fact that contrary to common belief, divorce typically does not include two people mutually accepting end their marriage. In 80 percent of cases, the decision to divorce is unilateral– one party desires the divorce and the other does not. That, by its very nature, develops an adversarial situation right from the start and often disqualifies mediation and collaborative divorce, given that both methods count on the full cooperation of both parties and the voluntary disclosure of all monetary information.

Clearly, if you are beginning with an adversarial and highly emotionally charged circumstance, the possibilities are very high that collaboration or mediation may fail. Why take the danger of going those paths when odds are they might fail, losing your time and money?

The most crucial and most tough parts of any divorce are coming to a contract on kid custody, division of assets and liabilities and alimony payments (just how much and for for how long). You desire your attorney to be a highly knowledgeable negotiator, you don’t want someone who is overly combative, ready to combat over anything and everything. An overly controversial approach will not only extend the discomfort and substantially increase your legal fees, it will also be emotionally destructive to everybody included, especially the children.

Keep in mind: The majority of divorce attorneys (or at least the ones I would advise) will always strive to come to a sensible settlement with the other celebration. But if they can’t concern a sensible settlement or if the other party is entirely unreasonable then, regrettably, going to court, or threatening to do so, might be the only way to resolve these concerns.

Up up until that point both attorneys were “negotiators,” trying to get the parties to jeopardize and come to some affordable resolution. Once in court, the role of each attorney changes.

And do not forget, when you remain in court, it’s a judge who understands very 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 huge threat for both parties to take– and that’s also why the hazard of litigating is generally such an excellent deterrent.

Here’s my last word of advice about divorce alternatives: Weigh divorce choices carefully. The bottom line is that every family, and every divorce, is different. Undoubtedly, if you have the ability to deal with your partner to make decisions and both of you are sincere and reasonable, then mediation or the collaborative technique might be best. But, if you have doubts, it is excellent to be prepared with “Plan B” which would be the litigated divorce.

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