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|
Raymond James financial advisors do not render tax or legal advice. You should discuss any tax or legal matters with the appropriate professionals.
FINANCIAL PLANNING FOR TOMORROW
Want to get in touch with one of our advisors? Fill out this form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.