When you think of filing for a divorce, the first thing that comes to mind may be lengthy courtroom proceedings. However, this is not the only way that you can file for divorce and reach an agreement with your spouse. There are actually many different options when considering ending your marriage. Figuring out the best approach for you and your unique situation can be difficult though. The team at Law Offices of William L. Geary is here to help explain several different approaches, and how to know if they are right for you.
This is the tried and true approach to divorce that many of us know. Typically, if a couple cannot negotiate with one another or one spouse is refusing to accept the end of the marriage, it will require litigation. Sometimes litigation will lead to the couple taking their case to court in order to reach agreements. It is important to keep in mind that this approach can result in higher costs, more stress, and less control over your outcomes. However, litigation can be necessary, as not all couples are fit for working things out together.
Mediation is an approach to divorce that is very common. It is most useful when a couple agrees on filing for divorce or dissolution, and they are able to communicate with one another amicably. In this process, each spouse will have the opportunity to state their own personal thoughts and feelings about their case, as well as their desired outcomes with a third-party mediator present. This level of negotiation means that spouses typically leave feeling satisfied with their resolutions. However, if a couple is incapable of negotiation or if one spouse is abusive, this is not the best approach.
This is another more amicable approach to ending a marriage. In dissolution, the couple will work with an attorney to create a separation agreement. (Note, however, that an attorney will only be representing one of the parties and the other party may want to find his/her own attorney.) In this agreement, they will talk about all of the important issues regarding filing for a dissolution. These issues include alimony, child custody and visitation, and property division. This agreement has to be approved by the court in order for the marriage to be dissolved. Similar to mediation, this approach requires that a couple is capable of communication and working together to reach a resolution.
Find The Best Approach With An Attorney
With multiple options available when dealing with marital termination, it is understandable to be overwhelmed or not know what is best for your situation. However, an experienced attorney can review the facts of your case and help determine what will work best for you. At Law Offices of William L. Geary we are knowledgable in litigation, mediation, and the dissolution of marriage. With us by your side, we will figure out what approach is best.
If you need assistance proceeding with a divorce contact Law Offices of William L. Geary today at (614) 289-1227 to speak with our attorneys.