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Can you resolve your divorce without going to court?

Divorce is never an easy process, but there are times when a Texas couple may want to simplify their divorce as much as possible. When a couple is amicable and willing to work together on resolving disputes and making important decisions, it is possible to resolve a divorce out of court. This can be easier and less stressful than a litigated divorce, during which an impersonal family court may make decisions that will affect every member of the family for years to come.

It is also possible to avoid the courtroom in situations where a couple cannot come to an agreement on every issue. Through alternative dispute resolution, two opposing parties can work through issues and come to a meaningful, sustainable agreement. This option is typically easier and faster than litigation or the traditional divorce process. 

What is it?

Alternative dispute resolution includes different types of proceedings that help two parties reach reasonable agreements. In a divorce, a couple will have to resolve matters pertaining to child custody, child support, property division and more. ADR includes mediation, which is a dispute resolution method that uses a neutral third party to help resolve issues. Collaboration is another type of ADR that employs various professionals, such as financial advisors and therapists, to help a couple make decisions.

Is it right for you?

Using ADR instead of going to court is an attractive option for many couples. It can be less expensive than a traditional divorce, and it generally takes less time to complete. However, it's not always the best choice for every situation. If you and your spouse agree to try to avoid court and work together respectfully, this process could work for you. If there is a significant amount of contention and each party is deeply set on his or her side of an issue, ADR may not work for you.

Discover your options 

Before you make any important decisions that can impact your future, you may want to speak with an experienced attorney about the possibility of using ADR instead of going to court. Resolving your divorce outside of court will mean that you have more control over the terms of your final order.

No matter what option you choose for your divorce, you will benefit from having the support and guidance of a legal professional at every step. There is a lot at stake for you, and protecting your long-term interests is crucial, regardless of the approach you take to the divorce process.

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