Options for Marriage Dissolution
Over the last 30 years, divorce has become more common. This might not seem like good news, but if you are considering divorce, the number of options available to divorcing couples has grown. In New York State you have the option to file for divorce yourself, hire a traditional divorce attorney, or pursue one of the options known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
The New York State unified court system supports divorcing couples in resolving divorce-related issues peacefully. If your divorce is uncontested, speak to your attorney about the following options:
- Mediation – If you and your spouse are able to maintain a high level of cooperation and mutual respect, an attorney or psychologist licensed in mediation can help you reach an agreement. If mediation is not successful, the mediator may not represent either of you in court proceedings.
- Collaborative divorce – Collaboration is a new and rapidly growing field. Both attorneys and the divorcing parties meet together to reach an agreement. If the parties are not able to agree, both attorneys excuse themselves from representation.
- Arbitration – A neutral third party hears both sides of the divorce case and then decides the outcome. Parties agree in advance whether the arbitrator’s decision is binding or non-binding. Arbitration is less formal than a court hearing and rules of evidence are more relaxed.
When all else fails, parties and their attorneys take the divorce case before a judge, who then rules on all issues.
Even if you are on good terms with the partner you are divorcing, consult with a divorce attorney about the terms of your divorce. There might be issues you have not considered or do not understand. To schedule your free consultation, call the Buffalo, NY Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis and Associates at 716.886.9600 or contact us online.