For most, divorce is one of the most difficult experiences they will ever have to endure. Not only is it an emotional time, but the detangling of lives can become complicated from a legal standpoint, especially if you and your spouse had a particularly lengthy marriage. That said, contrary to what many television shows and movies often depict, most couples do not have to go to court to dissolve their marriage. There are other options that are much less messy and far less contentious that can help divorcing spouses end their marriage without the ugly legal battle or the high price tag.
Here are some options you and your souse can consider to avoid having to go to court:
Collaborative Divorce: Through the collaborative divorce process, you and your soon-to-be former spouse can negotiate on a settlement agreement with professional help. Both parties will hire an attorney who will advise and assist in facilitating the process. You can also bring other people into the process, including a child custody specialist or an accountant, which can help settle your case without having to go to court.
Mediation: This is another excellent option that can keep you and your spouse out of court as you dissolve your marriage. To embark on this process, you will hire an impartial third party who will serve as a mediator. He or she will not advocate for either side or make decisions. Instead, a mediator’s job is to help you and your spouse talk through your issues in a productive way that allows you to reach a resolution.
One of the best benefits of settling out of court is that these options generally take less time than divorce litigation, which ultimately means that you and your former spouse will save money on divorce fees. Additionally, if you and your spouse share children, these out of court options tend to create a more cooperative dynamic that can help prepare you for co-parenting in the future.
Skilled Mediator in Ocala
If you and your spouse are considering a divorce and would like to keep it out of court, Ami L. DiLorenzo, P.A. offers skilled and compassionate mediator services for spouses seeking a divorce without court intervention. We pride ourselves on being able to empower each party with the ability to make plans for themselves in a productive and positive manner. Do not hesitate to reach out to us today.
Call (352) 437-2200 to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable member of our Ocala legal team.