When many people think of getting a divorce, they often think of courtroom battles that are as lengthy as they are expensive. However, divorce does not always have to be that way. In fact, there are many different types of divorce in Michigan and they do not always have to be contentious. If you are considering filing for divorce, or you or your spouse has already started the process, seek legal help from a family law firm that can help.
An uncontested divorce is one in which both parties agree to all terms. These terms could include property division, child custody, child support, and more. Uncontested divorces are the quickest and most affordable type of divorce because they do not include a lot of court hearings or attorney’s fees. However, if the couple disagrees on even one aspect of the divorce, it becomes a contested divorce.
A contested divorce is one in which the couple cannot agree to all terms. These divorces do take longer and are more costly, but it is important that spouses do not only agree to move things along swiftly to bring the case to a quick end. This could cost them a fair settlement and leave them regretting the decisions made for years to come.
Even when the couple cannot agree to all the terms of the divorce, this does not necessarily mean that it must go through litigation. Mediation is a method of divorcing that many couples find beneficial.
During mediation, each side meets with a mediator that attempts to help the couple compromise and come to a resolution. If the couple can come to an agreement, the mediator drafts the agreement and files it with the court for a judge to approve. Lawyers may or may not be present during mediation sessions. However, it is important that spouses still work with an attorney to ensure they are getting the best settlement possible.
Collaborative divorce is similar to mediation because it is an alternative to litigation. However, the two sides do not meet with a mediator. Instead, both spouses have their attorneys present. Hopefully, each side makes a reasonable attempt to come to an agreement, which can also shorten the duration of the divorce, and cut some of the costs.
Litigation is the most conventional approach to divorce, but it is also the most costly and takes the most amount of time. Litigation means the divorce moves into the courtroom and each side argues their case in front of a judge. The biggest downside to litigated divorces is that the judge, not the couple, has the final say regarding the terms of the divorce.
If you are considering a divorce, call our Clinton Township divorce attorneys today. At Iafrate & Salassa, P.C., we have experience with every type of divorce and we will put that experience to work for you, too. Call us today or contact us online to schedule your free consultation to learn more about how we can help with your case.
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