NEGOTIATE. DON’T LITIGATE.
In a negotiated divorce you and your spouse reach an agreement on all issues before filing for divorce and do not ask a judge or jury to decide any issues for you. This makes the process of finalizing your divorce considerably less expensive and less stressful than a traditional litigated divorce.
In a divorce the main issues you must agree on include:
- division of property
- allocation of debt
- alimony (spousal support)
- parenting time
- child support
If you and your spouse can generally agree on these issues, you are a good candidate for a negotiated divorce. Even if you and your spouse have a few minor disagreements or uncertainties, a negotiated divorce may still work for you.
Once the settlement agreement and parenting plan are signed one party files an uncontested divorce with the court. In most instances neither party will have to step foot in a courtroom and your general financial information will not be become public record.
OUR LEGAL EXPERIENCE IS RELEVANT TO YOUR FUTURE.
We understand the tax effects of asset division and have years of experience dividing pension and retirement plans. Additionally, we have worked in corporate legal departments and estate planning practices. Because we are experts in the issues couples face in divorce, we are uniquely positioned to craft solutions that work for you and your family. Alternatively, if your lawyer’s expertise is divorce litigation then your time and money will be spent preparing to go to court.
For more information on Negotiated Divorce, please visit our FAQs.