On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
While most people are well aware of the number of marriages that end in divorce, they still enter into a marriage with the anticipation that theirs will be the one to last. Sadly, this is often not the case. Many couples are finding ways to achieve their splits while remaining amicable. In Missouri, collaborative settlements are becoming more commonplace as couples are able to amicably negotiate agreements, resolve custody issues and arrive at divorce settlements that are mutually agreed upon.
In some instances, remaining amicable may not be an option, and litigation may be needed. There are significant differences between the different approaches, however. Litigation can take longer as one is at the mercy of the court’s schedule. This also can add to the length of time it may take to finalize a divorce agreement. The added time can also become costly with accumulated attorney’s fees and court fees.
A contested divorce that takes a significant amount of time — for example, a year or more — can also have an impact on the stress level of those involved, and this can be true especially when children are involved. It can also have a negative impact on one’s career. There are times when litigation may be the best course, but the options should be carefully considered.
Divorce is not easy, and a person contemplating a divorce in Missouri may benefit from a consultation with a knowledgeable family law attorney. An experienced lawyer can look at the situation and advise a client on what options may be available. A lawyer can also be a calming influence at what can be an exceedingly stressful time.