Divorce Legal Options
It is important to understand there are various legal options when getting divorced (See the chart below) . Whether it is through mediation, Pro-Se (without an attorney), traditional (both sides have an attorney and go directly to litigation), or collaborative, we can be a support and provide valuable insight to any method.
|Name||Description||Best Used For||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Legal Separation||Separated by law, but not yet divorced|
|Pro-Se||Divorces filed without the assistance of an attorney, sometimes by purchase of divorce kits. Spouses can complete them, and pay the filing fee.|
|Mediation||Couple uses a mediator to help voluntarily settle disputes over issues. Mediator may help draw up paperwork|
Mediator may or may not be an attorney
|Couples who have issues to settle, but nothing that has to go to court|
|Single Attorney for couple|
Note: Ethically, attorney may only represent one party
|Reasonable, amicable divorces|
|Traditional||Situations where spouse is difficult, non-cooperative|
|Collaborative||A fairly new approach to divorce.||Couples with significant assets, and disputes, but who are willing to go through mediation-type process divorce|
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