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Negotiation and Litigation
Divorce is an emotional and stressful experience. While Georgia does allow for divorcing couples to avoid contentious litigation with divorce mediation, sometimes mediation does not always work. If you have tried divorce mediation and the mediation breaks down, contact an experienced Georgia family law attorney who will be able to get your divorce back on track and finalized quickly.
Divorce mediation is a divorce alternative that allows spouses to meet with a neutral, third-party mediator who works to help the spouses come up with divorce decisions voluntarily. Mediation allows spouses to make decisions about child custody, including which parent the child will live with and when; how much visitation to schedule; and which spouse or spouses will have legal custody of the child. Additionally, divorce allows the spouses to make determinations about property division.
Mediation is a good option for spouses who may already agree on some portions of the divorce. However, mediation is not always a good option for some divorcing spouses. If the divorce is highly contentious and the spouses are not able to agree on certain issues or control their emotions, then mediation may not be for you and your spouse. If you and your spouse have tried mediation, but were unable to come to an agreement, then it simply means that you may need to seek an alternative divorce process to finalize your divorce.
Divorce Mediation Alternatives
If mediation isn’t an option for you and your spouse, litigation is the most traditional divorce method that allows you to present your case in court. Litigation will cover most every issue in your divorce, or litigation can be used to finalize only a few issues. The following are all disputed issues that litigation may help a couple resolve:
- Spousal Support and Alimony
- Child support
- Division of Marital Debt
- Division of Marital Property
- Valuation of Marital Property
- Child custody and Child visitiation
Litigation requires both spouses and their attorneys to appear before a judge in court. The attorneys will present evidence and represent their client’s best interests. Depending on the exact circumstances of the divorce case, divorce litigation in Georgia may take up to several months. Your attorney will be able to give you a more accurate estimate of how long your divorce will take.
Litigation, unlike mediation, is decided and finalized by the judge. While some judgements may be modified after they are ordered, the extra time and effort involved is more stress than needed. If you need counsel about your divorce or an existing divorce order, contact an experienced divorce attorney today.
Experienced Family Law Attorneys
At Bushnell & Drye, LLC, we practice family and divorce law. Our legal team is dedicated to help you finalize your divorce through the best method for your circumstances, be it mediation or litigation. To learn more about our firm and our attorneys, contact us today.