While no one gets married with the intention of divorcing in the future, sometimes divorce may be inevitable due to issues such as infidelity, financial problems, growing apart, abuse, and disagreements about child-rearing. Divorce is seldom an easy process, no matter the circumstances. The process can be a long and drawn-out legal battle, or it can be peaceful and amicable.
Whether you’re going through a divorce or are thinking about getting one in the future, you need to understand your options. Different types of divorces can have different impacts on your life, emotionally, financially, and logistically. To help you out, we’ve compiled the most common types of divorces that exist to help you make a sound decision.
Collaborative divorce is a process in which both parties work together to dissolve their marriage. They negotiate an agreement and work towards a resolution that meets the needs of both parties without going to court.
In collaborative divorce, the divorcing spouses maintain control over the outcome of the divorce and avoid the expenses and stress of a court battle. Also, both parties can custom-tailor the divorce to meet their specific needs. And since the process takes place out of court, this divorce can be perfect for those who want privacy.
The parties typically have attorneys who help them negotiate, but they do not represent their clients in court. If the parties cannot reach a settlement, they can go to court but must hire new attorneys.
A contested divorce is one in which the parties cannot agree on the terms of the divorce. A contested divorce will often happen when there are disagreements over child custody, property division, or alimony. The parties will typically need to go to court in order to resolve their disputes.
As a result, a contested divorce may end up being a long and costly legal battle as each party tries to get what they want. Also, the final ruling rests with the judge, and both parties must abide by it regardless of whether the ruling favors them or not.
A contested divorce can take an emotional and financial toll on both parties as each party tries to get as much money and property as possible. In most cases, the court battle may take months or even years before settlement, increasing financial costs and stress.
An uncontested divorce is a type of divorce in which both spouses agree on the terms and conditions of the divorce, including property division, child custody, and child support. This type of divorce is typically quicker and less expensive than other types of divorce.
For a successful uncontested divorce, the spouses must be able to agree on all major issues relating to their divorce, such as property division. Also, both parties must be able to communicate effectively and resolve any disputes amicably. If either spouse is unwilling or unable to meet these conditions, the divorce may need to proceed through the court system.
A mediated divorce is a divorce in which the couple goes through a mediator to help them come to an agreement on all the terms of their divorce. The mediator does not act as a judge but instead helps the couple come to an agreement they can both live with. The process is often less expensive and faster as parties are willing to compromise and work together to come to an agreement.
A mediated divorce can be ideal if you want to maintain privacy in the process and avoid a long, drawn-out court battle. However, ensure the mediator you choose is impartial and unbiased and has in-depth knowledge about the law and the divorce process.
If you’re considering getting a divorce, you need to understand the different types and what they mean to you. Since the circumstances of your divorce may affect the type of divorce you choose, it’s crucial to find an experienced divorce lawyer who can help you through the process. Contact us at the Law Offices of Lynda Latta, LLC, to get help with your divorce process.