Amidst COVID-19 concerns, many spouses are asking themselves if they can proceed with a divorce without having to attend court. The short answer is, yes, you can get a divorce without going to court. However, you will have to choose an alternative method, such as mediation, wherein you and your spouse will negotiate the terms of your divorce. If you and your spouse are unable to successfully achieve a resolution, however, you will have to go through the litigation process where a judge will determine the terms of your divorce.
Getting Divorced Outside of Court
One of the most common methods of alternative dispute resolution is mediation. Through mediation, you, your spouse, and a third-party mediator will negotiate the key issues in your divorce, such as property division and child custody. The mediator you choose will not advocate on behalf of you or your spouse. Instead, a mediator’s job is to facilitate negotiations and keep both parties on track.
In addition to allowing spouses to negotiate the terms of their divorce outside of court, mediation is also less expensive, less time-consuming, and less stressful than litigation. Moreover, since you and your spouse will negotiate each key issue, you are more likely to be satisfied with the results. Most importantly, if you have children, the less contentious nature of the mediation process will help you create a better foundation for your relationship as co-parents.
Going through a long, drawn-out courtroom drama is not necessary to get a divorce. If you and your spouse are willing to compromise and cooperate, you can stay out of court and successfully save on filing fees and court costs. If you are still not sure if mediation is right for you, consult with an experienced family law attorney to discuss the details of your divorce case.
Reach Out to Our Compassionate Family Law Team for the Legal Advice You Need
If you wish to end your marriage in a more amicable, peaceful process that keeps you and your spouse outside of court, you should consider mediation. At Goldweber Epstein LLP, our mediation team has more than three decades of experience and has successfully helped countless clients achieve favorable agreements through this process. You can rely on us to assist you and your spouse, so you can work out your issues without ever putting the fate of your future in the hands of a judge.
Call our law office today at (917) 809-7669 to set up a consultation and learn more about the mediation process.