How can we avoid going to court for a divorce?
For couples who are able to have amicable discussions about the issues involving divorce, mediation could be a way to avoid going to court.
A professional mediator will listen to both spouses on issues ranging from child custody to property division to anything else that may be in dispute. The mediator will help the parties find common ground on issues and create an agreement that both addresses those and potential future issues. The articles in this section will look at the benefits of mediation, as well as the next steps if mediation fails to work.
Mediation and arbitration are two options to avoid going to trial in a divorce proceeding.
Arbitration is a less formal option for divorce cases. It is where a third person, called the arbitrator, acts as the “judge” for the case.
Mediation is the first option under state law, and is highly recommended by most judges. It gives you the power to reach a settlement and encourages a dialogue between you and your spouse.
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