Many people think that going through a divorce means they have to face a long and drawn-out court battle. The truth, however, is that there are many excellent alternatives to a contested divorce that goes through the court system.
If you are facing a divorce and want to avoid having a judge make decisions about your future, here are some options you can consider. In many cases, these alternatives provide a more cost-effective and harmonious divorce process.
Benefits of mediation
Mediation has become an increasingly common option for many couples who decide to divorce. Especially if you have already been through a divorce and do not want the process this second time around to degenerate into a bitter fight, mediation can be a viable option. Mediation helps you and your ex-spouse keep control over the decision-making as you move forward rather than handing it over to a judge because, in mediation, you work to find common ground and come to a shared agreement. Mediation can also be easier on children as well as save on costs and speed up the time it takes to move through the process. With these and several other benefits of mediation, it can be a positive way to get through a difficult situation.
Filing an uncontested divorce
Another option that many couples pursue is that of the so-called "do-it-yourself" divorce. In the state of Texas, it is possible to file your divorce without going through a lawyer. However, the forms required in the process are often complex. There is also the risk of making a mistake in filling things out and potentially putting your agreement's validity at risk. Rather than having to worry about these complications, many couples seek the expertise of a professional mediator to help them complete the paperwork they need to file in order to legally obtain their divorce.
If you are facing a divorce and you wish to avoid the court system and traumatic legal battles that can drag on and become extremely costly, you should turn to the professional experience of a divorce mediator.