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Do I Have to Go to Court to Get Divorced?

If you are going through a divorce, you might be wondering if there is a way for you to stay out of court and avoid appearing before a judge. There are actually quite a few options that can keep you and your spouse out of court that are far less inherently adversarial and more private. These options are also usually far less expensive and more conducive for nurturing a better and more successful co-parenting relationship. One such method for divorcing outside of court is mediation.

Below are some of the biggest benefits of going through divorce mediation instead of litigation:

  • It takes less time: The reason why litigation takes more time is, of course, because courts are typically swamped with cases. It could take several months before you are able to get a court date. Mediation allows both you and your spouse to have control over the process by choosing when to schedule your sessions instead of having to wait in limbo for a court date. The process will move as fast or as slow as you are able to work through each key issue.
  • It keeps things private: Divorce litigation is anything but private. Mediation, on the other hand, keeps you both out of a public courtroom, so you can hash out your problems and negotiate a mutually agreeable settlement away from any prying eyes.
  • It is good for future co-parents: If you have children, the fact is that you will still continue to interact with your ex-spouse and, if you go through the litigation process, this might result in a lot of hostility and bad blood. Mediation, however, is all about cooperation, negotiation, and compromise. Through this process, you and your spouse will learn how to work together, which will help you move forward as co-parents. After all, you will still have to work as a team to raise your children, so might as well get started on building that relationship now!
  • It causes substantially less stress: The litigation process is not only more prone to hostility, but it is also stressful. You will have to attend multiple court dates, which are often tense, confrontational, and feel very much like a battle. Mediation is far from an all-out war. You and your spouse will meet with a neutral and unbiased third party as well as your respective attorneys to negotiate a divorce agreement that largely serves both of your interests.

Ultimately, if you and your spouse wish to stay out of court, you can. It only requires you to both be open to compromise, negotiations, and to work together as you put an end to this chapter in your life.

Schedule an Appointment with Wright Family Law Today!

If you are going through a divorce, you do not necessarily have to go to court to successfully dissolve your marriage. There are other options, such as mediation, which can obtain the same result without the courtroom drama. At Wright Family Law, our divorce team is committed to helping clients navigate the process of dissolving their marriage, whether they choose mediation or litigation.

Contact our law office today at (303) 558-5222 to schedule a confidential consultation and learn more about how we can help you.

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