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Collaborating, mediating and arbitrating are alternatives to divorce

| Dec 24, 2020 | Divorce |

If you’re going through a divorce, something you may be interested in is an alternative divorce method. Some alternative divorce methods include mediation, collaborative divorce and arbitration. All of these methods help keep you out of court, so you don’t have to go through public litigation.

Each of these are helpful, because they may save you time and money. Here’s more information on what they can do for you.

Collaborative divorce for negotiating

Collaborative divorces are designed to help both parties come to a comfortable agreement. Collaborative divorces generally cost less than formal divorces and are less stressful. Those involved in this process need to have collaborative law training, so you’ll need to find an attorney who does.

A collaborative divorce relies on you and your spouse working together, so you’ll both need to commit to negotiating with one another. This is a private process, so it won’t be as public as a divorce would be in court.

Divorce mediation for nonbinding discussions

Divorce mediation is another option available to those going through divorce. With mediation, you and your spouse will speak with one another and negotiate, but you’ll have a third-party mediator present when you do. This helps minimize the risk of a breakdown in communication. Additionally, your attorneys and the mediator can help clear up any legal questions. Mediation is not usually binding, but if you get a reasonable resolution figured out, you can have your attorneys draw up a contract for you to sign.

Arbitration for binding agreements

Arbitration is the most formal of the alternative methods. With arbitration, you’re in a court-like atmosphere where you’ll present your case. Then, the other party will discuss their side. An arbitrator, who may be a former judge, attorney or other legal professional, will hear the case and decide on a binding outcome.

The above are three alternatives to going to court over your divorce. If you’re ready to move forward, you may want to consider arbitration, divorce mediation or collaborative divorce to save you time and money. These methods are less stressful and can help you move forward with your life sooner.

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