Just as marriage is a defining moment in your life, so is divorce. It is a decision filled with strong emotions and uncertainty about the future. As you commit to cutting your marital ties, many decisions will confront you along the way. One of these decisions is the type of divorce you choose.
The type of divorce you get depends on you and your partner. Perhaps you both desire to painlessly part ways or have combative attitudes that will result in a trial. Either way, knowing your options helps you approach the divorce process prepared.
The three common divorce types are: uncontested, trial and divorce mediation. Here is what makes each one different:
- Uncontested divorces are the simplest kind of divorce. If you and your soon-to-be ex agree on the divorce arrangements it will be an easy exit to the marriage. It is often ideal for marriages with little to no assets. Overall, there are less legal hoops to jump through and fees to pay.
- Trial divorces occur when conflicts arise and neither person is backing down. Disputes brought before a judge includes lawyers defending the conflicting interests of both sides. These divorces are often complex and expensive. Trials require lengthy preparation and may include appeals and multiple hearings delaying final decisions.
- Divorce mediation is similar to an uncontested divorce. However, a lawyer is present in the managing of decisions. This third-party mediator helps you reach agreements on aspects that may cause conflict. Such aspects include property division, child support, custody, alimony and more.
Whichever divorce path you embark on, avoid making emotional decisions that you will later regret. For example, you don’t want to be in a financial constraint if it is avoidable during the divorce process. Conducting research and seeking legal counsel can help you bring the bigger picture into perspective.