Types of Divorce
When a couple has made the decision to end their marriage, there are more options available to them than simply battling it out in divorce court. While litigation is definitely an option for settling a divorce, there are other options that are far more constructive, less expensive and less time consuming. If you are considering filing for divorce, we invite you to contact our office to schedule a consultation to discuss your options. Some of the options we can discuss with you include:
Divorce Mediation: During
mediation you and your spouse will meet with a neutral mediator who will assist you in resolving the various issues of your divorce, such as
property division, and
alimony. The mediator will not issue a ruling, but rather help foster communication between you and your ex and help you work through any differences so you're able to settle your divorce. Mediation is designed to be much less stressful and emotional draining than a divorce litigated in court, and is much more cost-effective than litigation.
- Arbitration: During arbitration, an arbitrator is given the task of resolving the issues in a divorce instead of judge, however the arbitrator's role is very similar to that of a judge. Arbitration tends to be less formal than litigation, however arbitration is usually binding, which means an arbitrator's decision cannot be appealed. It should be mentioned that the parties can tell the arbitrator what rules they would like him or her to follow; they don't have that option in litigation.
- Contested Divorce/Litigation: when a couple cannot amicably resolve their divorce their case will be sent to divorce court for litigation. Litigation can quickly become highly contentious, and it may take months before even one issue can successfully be resolved. Not only is litigation more emotionally draining and stressful, but it tends to be much more expensive due to the amount of time it takes to resolve the divorce through litigation.
uncontested divorce is general term applied to any divorce in which the parties are able to amicably and without conflict resolve or settle their divorce.
If you are interested in learning more about filing for divorce, please take a moment to
contact Claery & Green at
(310) 362-2273. One of our experienced
Los Angeles divorce attorneys would be happy to meet with you to discuss your options and what it is you hope to achieve by the end of
the divorce process.