When you know for sure that your marriage is over, you might want to start pursuing the options you have for a divorce. Divorce is something that you can do to end your marriage, but there is more than one way to get divorced. In fact, there are three common ways you can accomplish this, and one of these options might be a good choice for ending your marriage.
The most common method still used today for divorces is the traditional method. Using this method is ideal for a contested divorce situation or for an uncontested one, and it involves the use of two divorce lawyers. Each spouse chooses and hires their own, and the lawyers work with each other to reach a settlement based on the needs and desires of their clients. This may be more expensive than other methods if the divorce is contested, but it really is the best option when a divorce is contested and where couples are bickering over most issues.
A collaborative divorce is the second option you have, and this is considered an in-between option because it is like a mixture of a traditional divorce and divorce mediation. This method also requires the use of two separate lawyers, but the lawyers and their clients all work together in meetings where all parties are present. Together, all four work to reach a settlement for all issues in the divorce. This method might be less expensive than a traditional divorce but only if the spouses are willing to negotiate and work together without fighting over every issue.
The third method to consider is called divorce mediation, and this is really the only method (besides a do-it-yourself case) where lawyers are not used by the spouses. Instead of using lawyers, a couple works together with one person called a mediator. The purpose is to settle matters with the mediator, and this is a method that works ideally for couples who do not have major arguments or disputes over division of property, debts, or children.
These are three ways you can get divorced, but chances are that one option is better for your situation than the others. If you are not sure which is the best, talk to a divorce lawyer. A divorce lawyer can further explain all three options and others and can help you make an informed decision as to how to proceed in this.