You are ready to move forward with a divorce. But you have no idea how to get started, and are overwhelmed with all the various terms you find relating to divorce.
When a client arrives for their initial consultation with Schmitt Law, PLLC, they often have no idea of what their options are to obtain a divorce. In the initial consultation, we take the time to discuss the options available to the client to ensure that they select the option that best fits their needs.
The following is a list of options available to parties who are seeking a divorce.
- PRE-DIVORCE FILING MEDIATION: Mediation is a process that allows you and your spouse to resolve conflict in a peaceful manner. You and your spouse meet with a neutral third party who is trained in the mediation process (the mediator). The mediator will assist you and your spouse in discussing the outstanding issues, helping both of you review your options, so that you may reach an acceptable outcome of your differences. A pre-divorce filing mediation is held prior to the complaint for divorce being filed. The parties reach a full agreement on their outstanding issues and then proceed to the filing of the complaint for divorce.
- MEDIATION AFTER FILING: This process is the same as the pre-filing mediation, with the difference being that the mediation is held after the complaint for divorce has been filed and served on the other party.
- COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE PROCESS: In the collaborative divorce process, the parties resolve their issues in a respectful manner, using a team approach. The team assists the parties in crafting solutions in the best interest of each party, without involving the judge to make their final decisions. In the collaborative divorce process, the parties, their respective attorneys and a coach meet in a group setting. An agenda is set for each meeting, to assist the team to stay on track. These meetings are designed to encourage the sharing of ideas and settlement options.
- UNCONTESTED DIVORCE: Schmitt Law, PLLC offers a process we call “uncontested divorce”. An uncontested divorce is one in which the parties have resolved all of the issues, and there is no need for court intervention. In this process, we work to ensure that the outcome of the divorce reflects the parties wishes. This process allows the parties to maintain total control of their agreement. Schmitt Law, PLLC accepts uncontested divorces for a flat rate fee.
- LITIGATION: In this process, the parties are unable to resolve their differences, and the Judge unilaterally decides the outcome of the parties’ divorce. This is the least desirable option for most parties as it is the most difficult, time consuming, and expensive process to obtain a divorce.
Experienced Divorce Attorney
We understand that filing for divorce can be an emotional and confusing experience. That is why we are committed to providing personalized service to each client we represent and will be with you through this difficult journey. We are prepared to guide you in all aspects of your case.