If you want to avoid going to court, there are a few alternatives.
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Many people ask us, “Do we have to go to court?” The simple
answer is no. There are a few alternatives to litigation (going to court).
Mediation is when both parties agree to meet with a mediator that will help them work out any issues. The mediator can address all
matters including custody evaluation, assets, debts, and anything financial.
In this situation, the parties themselves come up with the agreements,
and there are no surprises like the ones you would experience if you went
the litigation route.
You also have the option to hire a private judge. They’re often a
retired judge who helps the parties do the same things as the mediator,
but in this case, the judge makes the final decisions, not the parties
themselves. This is also a bit more expensive than mediation. Again, there
may be surprises in this situation because you’re putting your fate
in the hands of another person.
"You don’t want to spend your children’s college funds
litigating your dissolution if you can avoid it."
If both parties do hire their respective counsel, they can still agree
to discuss their case before litigation begins.
there are alternatives to litigation, but both parties must be open to it. Remember, you don’t want to spend your children’s college
funds litigating your dissolution if you can avoid it.
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