When deciding on how you want to handle divorce, it would not come as a surprise if you wanted to avoid the expense and time sink that court cases make.
You may want to look into collaborative divorce instead. Though this option does not suit everyone, it is a useful tool to many divorcing couples.
Relying on personal representatives
Forbes discusses some alternative choices for divorce that let you avoid the court. Collaborative divorce exists as one of the most common of these options.
This divorce option involves personal representatives. You and your spouse will each get one, and you will hold meetings about the divorce with all four parties. The job of a personal representative is to essentially act as a liaison and your speaker in these negotiations.
On top of that, as these people have legal experience and knowledge, they can often answer any questions you might have about the process, how it works and what you can expect moving forward.
Who it does and does not work for
This option does not typically work in cases where you have a lot of hot-button, contentious issues to handle, like child custody or alimony. Couples with high amounts of complex assets may also find their case too complicated to rely on collaboration alone.
It tends to work best for couples who already agree on many aspects of the divorce. Perhaps you simply need a little extra help in getting through the toughest parts of it, or maybe you just need a third party between you and your spouse to make the interactions easier. In this case, collaborative divorce may suit your needs well.