When spouses are unable to agree on the terms of their divorce, they are in what is known as a contested divorce. While divorce is almost always complicated to some degree, it becomes even more so when spouses have to enter the litigation process. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Alabama divorce attorneys today to learn more about contested divorces and whether you have options other than litigation to resolve your divorce. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What happens in a contested divorce in Alabama?
When a couple gets in a contested divorce, they will generally have to go through the divorce litigation process. Litigation is when both spouses have to stand in front of a judge, who will ultimately decide on the terms of their divorce, such as those involving child custody, alimony, child support, and more. In many cases, litigation is a contentious process, and both spouses often do not end up with an outcome they can be satisfied with. Furthermore, oftentimes, contested divorces that go through litigation take months (or longer) to finalize, making them both costly and time-consuming.
Is there a way to avoid litigation in Alabama?
As you can see, litigated divorce is not the best option, for a lot of reasons. Fortunately, there are alternative divorce methods that you may choose, such as mediation. If you and your spouse are on speaking terms and you believe that you may be able to cooperate with one another, there is a very good chance that mediation is the best option for you. Essentially, during the mediation process, you and your spouse will appoint an unbiased third-party mediator. Your mediator’s job is to hear both you and your spouse’s concerns, wants, and needs regarding your divorce terms (outside of the courtroom setting), and from there, work to reach a compromise that both you and your spouse can agree on. In many cases, the mediation process is more civil, less costly, and far less time-consuming. Furthermore, at the end of the mediation process, the hope is that both you and your spouse can reach a divorce outcome that is far easier for both of you to accept, and from there, you can move on with your lives. If you have any additional questions about litigation, mediation, or any other family law matter, please do not hesitate to speak with our knowledgeable Baldwin County divorce attorneys today.
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