People hope that a marriage will last forever. There may be disappointment and resentment when a marriage ends, but that does not mean the divorce must turn into an adversarial legal battle. It is possible to have an amicable divorce that ends the marriage with integrity. What it takes is two people who are willing and able to face what has happened in the marriage, to focus on the future instead of the past, and who want to find a solution that is best for both of them. That does not mean that there is no conflict. Rather, both parties are able and willing to work through the conflict to develop solutions that are in both parties’ best interests. Every conflict is unique and every relationship faces its own set of challenges. A mediator or collaborative attorney will identify the issues that need to be addressed, uncover what is important to each party, and craft a solution that satisfies their needs.
Can a Divorce be “Simple”?
Of course, divorce is a major life event with emotional significance for any couple. But for some couples, there is a limited number of decisions that need to be made in order to get a legal divorce. We have worked with a number of clients who do not have children, have limited marital assets and a strong desire to divorce with the minimum amount of time, money and legal strain. Couples in this situation appreciate how mediation or collaborative law can make the legal divorce process smooth and simple.