When considering a divorce, the main point to remember is that the divorce won’t be granted unless you have a settlement agreement or a separation agreement. There are three paths to getting that agreement. You can mediate and wind up with the agreement, you could do collaborative divorce and wind up with an agreement, or you could litigate, which means going to court, going through the whole court process, and sitting in court waiting for your trial where the judge is saying, “You better work out an agreement because you have a trial tomorrow.” You’re probably going to wind up with an agreement.
Most divorce cases that are on the docket are not actually tried. The substantial majority of them wind up getting settled by the parties, so you’re going to wind up settling no matter what. Whichever track you take, litigation, mediation, or collaborative divorce, you’re going to wind up with that divorce agreement. That agreement will then be brought to the courts, and you can get your divorce. You’re going to have those three paths to follow. You have to choose which one you want. Some options are better for some people than others. For example, if you know that you and your spouse will really not be able to agree on matters such as equitable distribution or child custody, perhaps mediation is not the best option for you. If you are considering a divorce in Rockland or Westchester County and are unsure of what the best option for you is, please feel free to seek legal counsel with Leslye M.Schlesinger.
Leslye M. Schlesinger is an experienced divorce attorney from New City, NY serving Rockland and Westchester County with the guidance necessary to avoid the pitfalls of the courtroom. If you need an attorney to guide you through the alternatives to litigation, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger for a consultation.