What to Know About Alternative Methods of Divorce in New York

If you are getting divorced, it is important to understand all of your options. Read on to learn more about the different methods of divorce available in New York.

Different methods of divorce in New York

Every marriage ends differently. As a result, every couple will benefit from a different divorce process. Some of the most common divorce methods include:

  • Litigation
    • Litigation takes place through a New York court. During this process, a judge will make decisions regarding the matters of your divorce.
  • Mediation
    • Mediation occurs outside of the court and involves a neutral third party working with the couple to find creative solutions to the matters of their divorce. These matters may include child custody, child support, alimony, and more.
  • Arbitration
    • Arbitration is similar to mediation in that it also takes place outside of the court and involves a neutral third party. However, in this case, the third party can act as a judge and make decisions on behalf of the couple.
  • Collaborative divorce
    • A collaborative divorce involves each member of the couple obtaining an attorney. Then, a series of four-way meetings take place between the couple and their attorneys. Additionally, expert witnesses may be called in. This may include forensic accountants and more.

Benefits of alternative divorce methods

There are a number of benefits when it comes to settling a divorce outside of court:

  • Control: Processes like mediation put control over decisions in the hands of the couple.
  • Confidentiality: When it comes to privacy, out-of-court divorces are the best option. This is because matters determined in the court can become public records. 
  • Speed: The process takes only as long as couples need to settle the issues they have to resolve. As a reuslt, these methods are often quicker. 
  • Cost: These methods are typically more cost-effective. Trials can be expensive for both the couple and the state. 
  • Communication: Divorces that are finalized outside of the court will require couples to openly communicate and compromise. This is often beneficial to couples who have children and will need to be on good terms in order to coparent.

If you have any questions or concerns about the divorce process in New York, our firm is here to help.

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