The Pros and Cons of Alternative Avenues to Divorce

While there are alternative options available that couples can consider when ending their marriage, a litigated divorce is one way to ensure your individual situation is properly assessed by experienced divorce attorneys. By choosing divorce over alternative avenues such as mediation, your attorney can assist you in pursuing what is legally yours as a result of the separation as well as help the process run smoothly and efficiently. Here, the Maryland family law attorneys at Rodier Family Law discuss other avenues beyond litigated divorce and what  may be the most effective option for you. 

What are the Differences Between Limited Divorce and Absolute Divorce?

In some states, a legal separation may be an option for married couples who desire to end their relationship. In Maryland this is called a Limited Divorce and a court order that mandates the duties and obligations of a married couple who are living separately. The major difference between a limited divorce and an absolute divorce is that a legally separated couple is still married and cannot remarry. Couples considering legal avenues for terminating their marriage should discuss their specific situation with a divorce attorney, who can steer them in the right direction for what would work for them under Maryland law.

How Does Mediation Play a Role in the Divorce Process? 

Mediation is a potential avenue that some couples can choose to help resolve matters pertaining to their divorce. Mediation can be both private or court ordered.. However, this option does come with its disadvantages. For instance, the separating couple meets out of court with a neutral third-party mediator who is unable to provide legal advice to either party. Oftentimes the result is one individual not properly obtaining what is legally owed to them. Even though mediation is often considered the more peaceful route for getting a divorce, the mediator involved only has so much power to restore balance and fairness in the event an argument ensues, and  cannot advise the parties on what the outcome should be.

What are the Issues Associated with “DIY Divorce”

While it is technically possible to get divorced on your own—there are no laws prohibiting it—this avenue is almost never advisable. Divorce is a complicated endeavor, and even when a couple is parting on amicable terms, there are still many issues to consider. It can also be very easy to make small, simple mistakes that can have a lasting and irreversible impact on your finances and life post-divorce especially those involving division of assets and retirement. Enlisting the assistance of a family law attorney will ensure that any agreement you make with your spouse is fair, equitable and protects your best interests. 

Talk to a Family Law Attorney at Rodier Family Law Today

While there are alternative avenues available for married couples who are interested in separating, many alternatives to litigated divorce come with overlooked disadvantages that can end up costing more. The divorce attorneys at Rodier Family Law work hard to make the divorce process as stress-free for you as possible by focusing their efforts on streamlined service that keeps your goals and desired outcomes at the forefront of every decision. You do not have to go through the divorce process without a trusted legal professional at your side: contact Rodier Family Law today to learn more about how we can help.