Divorce can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. Thankfully, there are certain tools available to aid in making the process as smooth as possible.
Divorce litigation alternatives are some of those tools that divorcing parties may consider. In fact, there are a few key benefits of selecting this option.
There is only one divorce litigation process, and once a couple submits to it, there is very little they get to say about the process. On the other hand, divorcing parties may choose to do mediation or a collaborative divorce process instead, in accordance with the state law. Mediation involves the parties working with one mediator while a collaborative divorce incorporates two different lawyers who agree to aid the parties in collaborating and coming to agreeable terms outside of court.
In either alternative process, the divorcing parties maintain more control. Rather than have an outside party listen to their arguments and make a decision, the parties work together to reach an agreement that both people are comfortable with. This helps to foster a positive relationship, which may be beneficial moving forward, especially for parents with minor children whom they must learn to co-parent effectively.
Both processes occur out of court. That alone helps to decrease costs. Even if the process requires a few sessions, the cost tends to be quite cheaper than traditional divorce litigation. Also, the parties work together on all aspects, including when to conduct the litigation, so it is more convenient for all parties involved. Along with being more efficient with time and money, the alternative divorce processes provide more privacy; since they are out of court, they do not become public record.
These are a few of the most common benefits to using divorce litigation alternatives, but depending on your situation, you may experience even more. Consider how this divorce option may work in your case.