Will I Have to Go to Court

Will I Have To Go To Divorce Court?

Whether you will have to go to court to resolve your divorce depends entirely on your unique situation. A common myth is that if spouses disagree on certain aspects of their divorce, they will automatically have to appear before a judge who will decide the outcome. Even when you and your spouse disagree on the terms, you may not have to resolve your divorce in court.

Below are some popular alternatives to divorce court[1]:

  • Mediation – You and your spouse can meet in a series of mediation sessions with an impartial third party (the mediator). You and your spouse can and should come to these sessions with your divorce attorneys. Mediators, unlike judges, cannot make decisions. They only help facilitate the terms of the divorce.
  • Collaborative Law – You and your spouse can agree to use collaborative law to settle your divorce outside of court. A lawyer experienced in collaborative divorce can represent you in this type of case. Usually, you will sign an agreement that states you will not go to court unless you cannot reach a settlement.

Keep in mind that going to court isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Depending on your situation, it may be the best option to get you the most favorable outcome. Divorce court can be a lengthier and costlier process than the out-of-court alternatives listed above, so contact our law firm today to learn what the best option is for you.

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