What Are the Alternatives to Divorce Litigation?

When you file for divorce in Colorado, you may think that there is only one way terminate a marriage through courtroom litigation. Yet, there are several ways that you can dissolve your marriage depending on what process works best for your unique situation. Mediation offers many benefits to couples who are able to discuss and negotiate matters of their settlement in a calm and civil manner.

Mediation occurs under the direction of a third-party mediator, who is present to answer questions and ensure that everything is included in the settlement. Each party has the right to bring his or her attorney with them to the mediation appointments. This form of divorce negotiation is often more affordable and can expedite the divorce process. Rather than have to wait for a court-appointed date, you can schedule the mediation appointment on your own time. In most cases, a settlement can be created in as little as one to two mediation sessions.

Furthermore, research shows that parents who undergo mediation as opposed to a heated courtroom battle, often leave the marriage with a better relationship. This is extremely important to the kids who are involved. Statistics also show that people are more likely to stay in compliance with the terms of the divorce settlement when they have had an active role in creating those terms.

Other alternate forms of divorce involved collaborate divorce and per se settlements. Collaborative divorce also involves civil negotiations; however, an attorney is always present and both parties must agree to come up with a solution. By finding the right type of divorce for your situation, you can often simplify the divorce process.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.


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