If you and your spouse have run into problems that cannot be reconciled between each other, then it may be time to look at ending your marriage with a divorce. However, there a few different options that you can take when looking to go through the divorce process
There are two main kinds of divorces, contested and uncontested. A contested divorce is one in which the parties cannot agree over the terms of the divorce, such as custody, spousal or child support, division of assets and debt, and many other areas, and need the court to settle these aspects for them.
In an uncontested divorce, the spouses are able to agree on everything and do not need the court to divide assets or make decisions about spousal or child support and custody. A contested divorce will usually result in a longer process, and may require the decisions of family law justices or professional mediators to work out a settlement that both parties can agree on. In most cases, an uncontested divorce will proceed faster, be much less complex, and less expensive.
A lot of the time, couples will be able to reach a settlement during a contested divorce before the case goes to trial. A settlement is a defining agreement that both parties have agreed to, and will put an end to the litigation. Most judges and lawyers prefer to settle divorces out of court in an uncontested manner. If you and your spouse can not come to a settlement on your own, your divorce attorneys
will eventually help you reach one.
When couples decide to settle their divorce out of court, a lot of the time they enter into a collaborative divorce process.
In a collaborative divorce, the couple negotiates an agreed resolution with the help of lawyers who are professionally trained in the collaborative divorce process and in mediation. The parties are then coached to determine their individual needs and interests, and be able to make decisions with access to all the necessary information and support of their lawyers. After the collaborative divorce starts, the lawyers are not allowed to represent either party in a contested legal proceeding if the collaborative divorce process ends before the couple reaches an agreement.