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The Divorce Process

Understanding Your Options


The decision to dissolve your marriage is a difficult one as is the path through this major life transition. We can assist you in evaluating and understanding your legal options, rights and responsibilities both as to the process you will use in the event of a dissolution of marriage and the range of possible outcomes. If you would like a consultation about the details of your unique circumstances contact us to schedule a confidential appointment.

Strength Comes From Understanding Your Options

The method you choose to resolve your divorce or other family law conflict is based on a number of issues that are specific to your family and your situation.


The four basic methods of resolution are:

The lawyers of Amato Family Law are here to make sure that you understand each method and the impact it will have on your family relationships both now and in the future. Each option should be evaluated for cost, length of time of the process, treatment and consideration of children and property, your current financial situation, your relationship with the other party or parties involved, and your own need for support and assistance.

So, which option is best for me?

  • Non-Contested—“Kitchen Table”

    This method is most appropriate in the following scenarios: few assets, a low level of conflict, an equal understanding of financial situation, ability to negotiate, and a strong desire to keep costs low.

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  • Mediation

    If you and your spouse are committed to resolving your divorce without litigation but need assistance in understanding the issues, communicating effectively, and structuring your negotiations, mediation may be a good option for you.

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  • Collaborative Law

    Divorce involves legal, financial, and strong emotional issues. If you are interested in a settlement process that provides professional assistance in each of these aspects of your divorce, with a commitment to working towards a resolution that works for you, your spouse, and your children, then collaborative divorce should be considered. Collaborative divorce can be effective in both simple and complex situations.

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  • Litigation—The Traditional Adversarial Divorce

    If there is high conflict in your family or relationship or if you have no confidence in the integrity of your spouse, then litigation may be appropriate. While the adversarial process can be stressful and destructive to parenting relationships, it offers the availability of formal discovery processes and the option of a judge making decisions for you if you and your spouse are unable to come to an agreed upon resolution.

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