If you and your spouse are considering divorce, you may have deep concerns about a potentially drawn-out legal battle: especially if you share children. However, litigation is far from your only option.
By settling out of court, you may be able to minimize legal costs and unneeded conflict with your future ex while maintaining control of important decisions ranging from custody and visitation to dividing shared assets.
1. Taking time to consider your options
From unforgiving court schedules to a sense of having to fight for your own future, the litigation process itself can make it difficult to focus on what really matters. Negotiating rather than litigating your separation may give you the time and space to think about your options, consider your priorities, and honestly assess your needs and desires.
2. Helping children through confusing times
Settling out of court may also provide a better environment for your children both during and after your divorce. In addition to shielding them from the daily stress of the court process, you and your future ex may be able to work out a parenting plan for the future that keeps kids feeling secure and loved.
3. Finding creative solutions
While the court tries to resolve divorce disputes fairly, a judge may have limited time and limited information to work with when making a decree. By pursuing negotiation instead, you and your spouse may be able to find creative solutions to decisions about parenting time, separating property, and providing ongoing financial support.
Your divorce is the end of one chapter and the beginning of another; the choices you make today may impact you and your relationship with your children for many years to come. While not for everyone, an uncontested divorce may help your whole family find a better path forward.