What Divorce Option Is Right For Me?

When you are facing divorce, it can be overwhelming to consider the process when so much is going on emotionally and otherwise in your life. But, choosing the right way to approach your divorce can be the first step toward making it through and being able to build the life you want afterward.

But, how do you choose which approach to divorce is right for you? Here are some of the most relevant aspects of the different types of divorce:

  • Mediation — When couples mediate their divorce, they come together to find common ground and create solutions that will work for both of them. Mediation offers divorcing couples numerous advantages, including cost and times savings, reduced stress, lower likelihood of intractable disputes arising and keeping decision-making power in your own hands rather than turning to a judge to decide what your life will look like after your divorce. Mediation allows a greater degree of flexibility that can allow for more creative solutions to challenging questions.
  • Collaborative law — The collaborative law process involves both spouses working together to settle the questions of their divorce through negotiation. It offers the same advantages of mediation with the additional benefit of having an attorney represent you in the process. Many people feel more secure and confident knowing that they have an attorney who is dedicated to helping them protect their interests and achieve their goals through the collaborative law process.
  • Litigation — When negotiating a resolution to your divorce is unlikely to succeed, litigation may be the best way forward. In litigated divorce, the couple turns to the court to decide major issues such as child custody, child support, spousal support and the division of the marital estate. Issues that can make litigated divorce a good choice can include abuse, psychological issues or substance abuse issues that make the possibility of negotiating a divorce settlement unlikely.

More Than 40 Years' Family Law Experience

I am attorney Hugh F. O'Donnell. With more than 40 years of family law experience, I know how to help people find the most appropriate method of resolving their divorce. I have extensive experience in mediation, collaborative law and divorce litigation. I am a founding member of The Collaborative Law Institute Of Missouri. I have conducted advanced trainings on mediation and collaborative law to attorneys and others in Missouri, Kansas, throughout the United States as well as abroad. My reputation for providing highly effective family law representation to my clients has earned me the respect of the courts and the legal community both in Missouri and Kansas.

Divorce Attorney Serving The Kansas City Area

Come discuss your situation with me. I will help you understand how the different divorce options can work for you. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 816-533-3290 or contact me online.