The divorce process often brings images of a highly contested and adversarial undertaking. However, this is frequently not the case. A large percentage of divorces in America are settled outside the courtroom.
Of course, divorce is a significant life decision and the process is often stressful at the best of times. However, where collaboration is possible, the benefits are often clear. Outlined below are some of the key advantages to settling your divorce outside of the court:
You could save yourself some time
A divorce trial can often take more than one year to be concluded. Depending on the schedule of the court, you may have to attend several hearings which could result in you having to take time off of work. The process of settling outside of court is often completed within a matter of months as you are not at the mercy of the judge’s schedule.
You may save some money
Of course, the divorce process will typically amount to some level of financial burden. However, going to trial can often result in significant fees, court costs as well as traveling expenses and other costs. As well as saving on the amount of time you have to invest, a more amicable divorce could save you money.
You have more say in the final outcome
Ultimately, there are no guarantees in any legal trial, including divorce cases. Individuals may have an idea of what might be a fair outcome, and this may not align with the opinions of the judge. Despite the best efforts of the courts to produce an equitable outcome, they do not have an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of your family. Settling your divorce amicably could negate the risk of producing an outcome that is unpredictable.
Understanding the potential benefit of an amicable divorce could be in your best interests. As always when someone is going through divorce proceedings, it is important to know your legal rights and protections.