In some situations, divorcing couples cannot resolve conflict through mediation or negotiations. Such cases must be litigated. Although litigation is most costly and often the least efficient way of resolution, it is sometimes the only option.
In a collaborative divorce, each spouse retains their own attorney, but all parties commit to resolving the issues through negotiation rather than litigation. This process often involves a team of professionals, including financial experts and mental health professionals, to help facilitate agreements.
If both spouses can agree on all the terms of their divorce, they can file for an uncontested divorce. This is often the simplest and least expensive way to end a marriage.
Couples can negotiate directly or through their attorneys to reach agreements on the terms of their divorce without going to court. This is a common approach in many divorce cases.
Some online platforms and services offer tools and resources to help couples complete the divorce paperwork themselves, particularly in uncontested cases.
In limited scope representation, an attorney is hired to provide specific legal services rather than full representation. This can be a cost-effective way to get legal advice and assistance without going through full-scale litigation.
After the divorce is final, family mediation can help parents resolve ongoing disputes regarding child custody and visitation, which can be more efficient and less adversarial than returning to court.
Parenting coordinators can be appointed to help co-parents resolve day-to-day disputes about child-rearing and parenting schedules outside of court.
Some jurisdictions are adopting online platforms for resolving divorce-related disputes. This can provide a more efficient and accessible method for resolving issues.
In litigation, the skill, experience and effectiveness of the attorneys are of paramount importance. The attorneys representing you should possess the ability to clearly educate clients. They should have a thorough knowledge of the law and of procedure and evidence. They should have the ability to unravel complex financial issues. And they should be able to authoritatively and convincingly to present your case to the court.