The end of a marriage is a difficult time. It’s often filled with fighting, chaos, and uncertainty. Many decisions must be made including property divisions and custody arrangements. Before any of these decisions can be discussed, you and your spouse must decide what divorce process to pursue, the traditional divorce process or the collaborative law process.
The traditional process, where each spouse hires a lawyer to work out details, may only cause more turmoil to the already sensitive situation. Some of these cases end up in court causing more stress and conflict.
Many couples are turning to collaborative law to work through the process. Here, each spouse hires an attorney, but everyone agrees to stay out of court and resolve issues through respectful and effective negotiation. While there are many benefits to this process, two key benefits include:
The collaborative law process may be encouraged, but the traditional process also has its place. Scenarios where the traditional divorce process is best include:
Whatever your situation may be, contact the family law attorneys in Fargo at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss. Our team will help you navigate the divorce process and choose the most beneficial path for your situation.
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