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What are the Alternatives to Divorce Court?

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In Missouri, like in many other states, there are alternatives to divorce court that couples can consider to resolve their disputes and reach a settlement outside of litigation. Here are some common alternatives:

  • Mediation: In mediation, a neutral third party, known as a mediator, helps the couple work through their issues and reach agreements on matters such as property division, child custody, and support. Mediation can be less adversarial and more cooperative than litigation.
  • Collaborative Divorce: Collaborative divorce involves each spouse hiring their own collaborative attorney and working together in a series of meetings to negotiate a settlement agreement. This process emphasizes cooperation and problem-solving rather than confrontation.
  • Negotiation Through Attorneys: Sometimes, couples can negotiate directly or through their attorneys to reach a settlement agreement without going to court. This may involve exchanging proposals, counter-proposals, and engaging in discussions to find common ground.
  • Settlement Conferences: A settlement conference is a meeting between the spouses and their attorneys, often facilitated by a judge or court-appointed mediator, to explore settlement options and potentially resolve outstanding issues.
  • Parenting Coordination: In cases involving child custody and parenting issues, parenting coordination may be used to help parents resolve disputes and develop parenting plans outside of court.
  • Therapeutic Interventions: In some cases, couples may benefit from therapy or counseling to improve communication, address underlying issues, and work towards a healthier resolution of their divorce.

It’s important for couples to explore their options and choose the method of dispute resolution that best suits their unique circumstances and needs. Additionally, consulting with an experienced family law attorney can provide valuable guidance and support throughout the process.

At Raza Family Law Solutions, we practice family law effectively guiding clients through prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, modifications of prior judgments, and resolving child custody disputes. We also help families take a different approach to divorce with mediation and collaborative work.  Contact us for a consultation at (314) 408-5957.

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