My options when considering divorce

There are 3 types of divorce procedures which you and your spouse can choose from.

  • Uncontested Divorce

  • Mediated Divorce

  • Contested divorce

Option 1: Uncontested Divorce

  • This is the most cost effective and quickest option which reduces the emotional and financial stress associated with divorce.

  • In this instance, the spouses work together to agree on the terms of their divorce.

  • Once they have decided on the major issues they then approach an attorney to draw up the relevant documents to be filed at Court.

  • These types of divorces can be resolved and finalized in a few weeks.

  • Some of the major aspects which need to be consider are:

The division of assets;

Maintenance;

How will the children be cared for?

Option 2: Mediated Divorces

  • This process involves the parties using a mediator to help them work constructively through difficult discussions to try and find a solution to the issues which need to be decided on when getting divorced.

  • The mediator is a neutral 3rd party who creates an environment conducive for negotiation and problem solving.

  • This process is ideal where the parties need to co-parent in the future.

  • This option can take a few months or a few weeks, it all depends on the parties and their willingness to move forward.

  • It is a cost effective and less stressful option.

Option 3: Contested Divorce

  • This is where the parties are unable to reach a settlement either together or with a mediator, and, in some cases struggle to even communicate with each other.

  • In this instance, the parties each choose their own attorney to fight for their rights through the courts.

  • It is an extremely costly experience which is emotionally traumatising.

  • This option can literally drag on for years.

  • The matter will eventually land up in the High Court where a Judge will decide on their affairs for them.

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