The Four Types of Divorce Processes

After you and your spouse have made the often painful decision to end your marriage, you must then choose how you will proceed with your divorce. At this point, you have more than one path from which to choose. No one option may be right for everyone but it is important that you understand what each one entails in order to avoid making a decision that seems right at the time but later on ends up costing you dearly. The four types: (1) litigated divorce, (2) collaborative divorce, (3) mediation, and (4) do-it-yourself divorce.

Litigated Divorce

The most well-known and traditional method of getting divorce is referred to as the litigated divorce, notes Forbes. In this scenario, you and your to-be former spouse each hire separate attorneys. Each lawyer is tasked with working toward a settlement best for his or her client. The time and cost involved in a litigated divorce can vary greatly depending upon how efficiently both parties are able to come to agreements on issues.

Collaborative Divorce and Mediation

Collaborative divorce and mediation have both emerged in recent years as viable alternatives to the litigated divorce. A faster process, lowered costs and reduced conflict are stated as the primary reasons or benefits of these options. With collaborative divorce, attorneys are still required for both spouses and other professionals may also be utilized. These professionals still guide the effort toward resolution. When a mediator is used, that person simply works to help you and your spouse come to your own agreements. In some rare cases, these agreements may not be fair to both parties or even be enforceable.

Do-It-Yourself Divorce

There is also the do-it-yourself divorce which can result in errors that are unable to be corrected.


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