Did you know that you can get a divorce without going to court? You can! Find out how here.
After you know your goals in Step 1, then you need to decide your process. What method you will use to reach your goals? Choosing the process is very important. Each option is good for different circumstances. It’s important to consult with an attorney who practices in all these areas so that they can give you honest advice about your choices.
Take this 6 question quiz to find out which option may be best for you.
You can also attend a Divorce Options workshop to learn from top attorneys, financial professionals, and neutrals.
Here are the options that you can choose:
- You can get a divorce without going to court at all through Collaborative Divorce. If both people agree that they need a divorce, and they are able to reach agreements without a court settling disputes, then Collaborative may be a good choice.
- Mediation is where there is a neutral person helping both parties reach agreements. It’s a good idea for parties who don’t want to go to court, and who want to reach agreements themselves. Almost all family law cases go to mediation, and it is court ordered in Colorado. We can serve as either mediators or attorneys, but not both.
- Litigation: This is the typical method for family law. It is based on the courts process, and not necessarily what is best for the family. If there is domestic violence then we believe that the court process is important. It is good for families who cannot make decisions for themselves, if there is domestic violence or untreated addiction issues. You will always have to attend mediation and hopefully we can get everything settled. If we can’t settle some issues then the court will make the decision for you.
- Do it yourself: This is appropriate choice for families who do not have many assets or a complicated issue. Colorado has made all the instructions and forms available online here. It can be confusing and overwhelming. If you are confused, we suggest an unbundled consultation with an attorney.
- Unbundled: You can have an attorney in your back pocket. We can give you advice for a single meeting, or over time, but not enter as your attorney. The cost is less because we don’t enter into the court for you, but we can help draft documents for you to file.
If you don’t know which one is best for you, call us for a free 15 minute phone consultation, where we will talk through your options. Find a good attorney who is right for you and they can help guide you to the best process. You can also join the Foothills Collaborative Divorce Professionals for a Divorce Options class near you.
We look forward to helping you soon. Call or email to set up your free initial consultation.