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Emotions running high? It's possible to avoid trial

Emotions often run high during a divorce, so it's not a surprise that you and your spouse may not be getting along. It's important for you both to sit down and think about how you'd like to move forward, though. While you can continue to fight, fail to negotiate and ignore each other, it's really better for you both to work this out on your own if you can.

When you can negotiate with one another without a court's intervention, you'll save time and money. When you have to go to court, it could delay your divorce by weeks or months. You could end up with more frustration and anxiety than if you'd been able to settle long before that. On top of everything else, you'll have to appear at a hearing, prepare documents for the court and live with the results the judge decides on. It's not a perfect situation, but it is a possibility if you can't both decide on a solution to your dispute.

How can you make decisions if you can barely talk to each other?

If you and your spouse are really struggling to talk to each other, you may want to commit to divorce mediation or arbitration. Mediation and arbitration are both alternative dispute resolution options that could allow you to resolve your disputes outside court. This would save you time and money, and it would give both of you more control over what happens next.

Our website has more on mediation and other alternative options to going to trial if you're interested in avoiding that path.

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