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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 at 716.886.9600 or contact us online.

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As a Buffalo divorce lawyer for 25 years, I have devoted myself to solving the problems that affect families throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York. As a family law attorney, I make it my goal to create a partnership of trust with my clients. People put their trust in me to handle cases that can potentially have a long-lasting impact on not only their lives, but the lives of their family as well.

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    Divorce is always an unpleasant event and my case was no exception, yet the guidance, professionalism and ethical strategy that Randy Margulis provided was essential in finding the best solutions for my children, my ex-wife and myself. As the proces...

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    Divorce is always an unpleasant event and my case was no exception, yet the guidance, professionalism and ethical strategy that Randy Margulis provided was essential in finding the best solutions for my children, my ex-wife and myself. As the proces...

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    Found Mr. Margulis to be a very organized and professional individual to work with. He is well-respected by his peers and is spoken of highly, I believe this helped with my divorce and made things go smoothly. I would highly recommend his services ...

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    Randy is very firm and effective in court while empathetic to his clients. I am a domestic violence victim, and Randy made me feel safe and protected. My financial award was more than I envisioned it to be when I started my divorce. I can't thank ...

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