Getting a divorce is rarely easy, but it can be made simpler by choosing mediated divorce or a collaborative divorce.
With many celebrities’ contentious and expensive divorces regularly appearing in the headlines, the prospect of an amicable divorce can seem like an unattainable goal. However, for many Illinois couples who wish to end their marriage, uncontested divorces are a realistic possibility. Amicable divorces are available in several different forms, and are increasing in popularity.
It used to be that the only way a couple could get a divorce was to have every dispute hashed out in court, as well as to prove grounds for divorce. Fortunately, it is much easier to get a divorce these days, even if the emotional aspects do not seem easy. Uncontested divorces serve to smooth the transition and make this sensitive event easier to endure.
Different types of amicable divorce
However, it is important to understand that the options available for an uncontested divorce are not for everyone. Each type has its own advantages, as well as its own limitations.
- Mediation – Couples who are able to discuss their divorce issues respectfully and calmly, without letting bitter emotions get in the way, may be well suited for a mediated divorce. During mediation, a neutral third party, such as a certified mediator or an attorney with mediation experience, will conduct the session to help the couple reach a resolution. According to the Chicago Times, mediated divorces are increasing in popularity today because of their potential to cost a fraction of the expense of a litigated divorce, and for their ability to shield children from conflict.
- Collaborative divorce – A collaborative divorce may be ideal for couples with complex asset or child custody matters. U.S. News explains that this option involves each party’s own attorney, as well as other professionals such as financial consultants and child therapists. Collaborative divorce can help couples protect their financial interests without a court battle.
- Litigation – Despite even the highest hopes for an uncontested divorce, it may be unavoidable to take the matter to court. Fortunately, many divorce cases can still be resolved quickly and cost-effectively even inside a courtroom.
In some instances, amicable divorce options may not be recommended. This includes instances in which neither spouse is able to communicate civilly; if domestic violence or substance abuse were factors in the marriage; if one spouse feels intimidated or afraid of the other; or if one spouse is at a financial disadvantage.
Contacting an attorney
Because each couple’s situation is different, it can help to involve an experienced family law attorney. An attorney can represent the best interests of you and your children and help you determine which divorce option is best for you. Contact Boyle & Feinberg, P.C., to arrange a consultation to see what approach is best for your case.
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