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How to avoid court when filing for a divorce

If you are going through a divorce, and you want to minimize the stress that you are subject to, you may want to avoid court. Going through a trial to decide upon things such as asset division and alimony can be unnecessary, especially if you and your spouse are on good terms. In addition, avoiding court can save a significant amount of money.

Many divorcing couples are now choosing to go through alternative dispute resolution in order to come to an agreement regarding the divorce settlement. Alternative dispute resolution can come in many different forms and can involve mediation, arbitration and collaborative family law.

How do I convince my divorcing spouse to avoid the court process?

It is very common for one divorcing spouse to want to go through mediation and avoid the courts completely. However, it can be more challenging to convince the other spouse that this is the right idea. They may be concerned that they will lose out financially if they do not go to court.

You may want to bring up the topic in a neutral way and explain that it can be beneficial for everyone because it helps to avoid costly litigation and helps everyone reach a compromise that they are satisfied with. Additionally, you can suggest that court be a back-up plan if alternative dispute resolution does not prove to be successful.

If you want to go through an uncontested divorce, it is important that you work with your spouse to help them understand that you intend to work with them rather than against them in the process of going separate ways.

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