After years of trying to save your marriage, you and your spouse have realized your options are exhausted and the best thing both of you can do is part ways. This is a stressful and heartbreaking time in your life, and the last thing you want to do right now is add to the strain. You may have heard about other divorce methods besides a litigated divorce. Will an amicable divorce work for you like it has for countless other divorcing couples in Texas?
You must first ask yourself the following questions: Can my spouse and I treat each other civilly during the negotiation proceedings of an amicable divorce? Will we be able to sit in a room with each other and figure out how to co-parent and divide our property without fighting? If you believe the answer is “yes” to each of these questions, you might consider the following advantages to an amicable divorce:
- Litigated divorces become public record, but mediation and certain other forms of amicable divorce can remain private.
- Avoiding the courtroom can save you a significant amount of money.
- Negotiating the terms of your divorce with your spouse can teach you both valuable cooperation and communication skills, which you may use later during co-parenting.
- Amicable divorces tend to take less time than a courtroom battle.
- An amicable divorce is likely to make the process easier on your children and less stressful for yourself.
Before you decide on a divorce option, consider the way you and your spouse currently communicate and treat each other. It is normal to be angry and bitter during a divorce, but if you can put aside your differences long enough to discuss how you might end your marriage without purposefully causing each other more pain, then an amicable divorce might be an option well worth considering.