Should I Settle My Divorce Out of Court?

If you don’t want to go to court to dissolve your marriage, there are several options that you may consider. It is not necessary to go to court in order to finalize a divorce. In fact, many divorces are done through alternatives that don’t involve a judge. There are many advantages to resolving a divorce through these methods. It saves money, simplifies the divorce process and it prevents emotional complications. The process is much more private, so it’s done away from distractions and off the public record. A skilled divorce lawyer like one from Robinson & Hadeed can provide you detailed information about settling a divorce out of court.

What is the difference between mediation and arbitration?

A common alternative to finalizing a divorce is through mediation. When parties have differing opinions or need to resolve certain issues, but do not want to go to court, mediation should be first considered. In mediation, a neutral third party sits down with you and your lawyers to go through each point of concern and hear your respective arguments. They will suggest solutions so you can form an agreement and settle the divorce. 

Mediation may be successful if you and your spouse are willing to compromise and listen to each other. It is important to understand that should negotiations fail, either party can decide to pursue litigation instead. 

What is uncontested divorce? 

Washington state allows married couples to have an uncontested divorce. This occurs when both spouses decide that they want to avoid court, so they do not have to attend a divorce hearing. Compared to the traditional method of divorce, an uncontested divorce is quick, convenient and saves money. The spouses only have to agree on their settlement. Since Washington is a no-fault state, both parties are not required to prove that the other spouse committed any wrongdoing, making the divorce process fairly simple and straightforward. 

Will it be easier to create a co-parenting plan?

A parenting plan is required if you and your spouse have a minor child. Settling a divorce out of court can be a good option if you and your spouse agree on the conditions of your co-parenting agreement. However, if you do not agree with all the terms you have to file your own parenting plan.

When a marriage is not successful, it is difficult for everyone involved in the process. The emotional impact can be overwhelming. Schedule a consultation if you are in need of legal assistance from a trusted divorce lawyer.