Divorce can be stressful on everyone involved. Couples going through a divorce in Washington and elsewhere know that the lives of their loved ones can be affected as well as their own. Children can often suffer the most. However, there may be steps they can take to minimize some of the financial strain and emotional stress that can result from lengthy and contentious litigation.
An alternative to litigation of a divorce proceeding is presented by using one of several negotiation processes that are available. These methods involve couples working out their arrangements directly or indirectly through third party professionals without entering a courtroom, and can be both less costly as well as more private. Couples who can communicate have a chance at
Other factors that could influence whether couples can negotiate their divorces is whether they respect one another, how important their privacy is to them and what their future plans are. If both spouses are in accord on these matters, then one of the negotiation methods may be an option.
A person contemplating a divorce may wish to speak with an attorney experienced in family law and divorce matters. The attorney may be able to determine whether a negotiated or mediated proceeding may be appropriate or whether litigation will be necessary. The attorney may also be able to help prepare and advise on agreements dealing with such matters as spousal and child support, property division and child custody.
Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce Confidential: Should I Negotiate or Litigate My Divorce?", Caroline Choi, September 25, 2013