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What are the alternatives to divorce?

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2020 | Divorce |

If your marriage in Colorado is not working out, you are not alone. Many couples who find their marriages are failing choose to pursue a traditional divorce. But is this always the best option? 

The most common form of divorce, as mentioned by Forbes, is litigated divorce. This is where an agreement is sought in court. The majority of these divorce cases are unilateral. 

Collaborative divorce 

Now suppose you and your spouse no longer want to stay in a marriage, but your feelings are mutual and you are willing to pursue something ameliorative for both parties. One option that works for situations like this is known as a collaborative divorce. This is when both parties meet together and arrange a settlement agreement. 


Mediation is similar to a collaborative divorce, but instead of you and your spouse meeting each other directly, you would negotiate through a neutral third party. You and your spouse would still each work with your own individual attorneys in order to draft a settlement agreement, but it would be the job of the mediator to ensure this agreement happens. The mediator does not need to be an attorney, but he or she must be knowledgeable about family law and divorce. 

Do-it-yourself divorce 

If your marriage was for a short duration, you have minimal debts or assets and you have no children together, you may find it quicker and easier to go through a do-it-yourself divorce. You and your spouse would each represent yourselves in court if choosing this option.