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:
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
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.