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Alternatives to Divorce and Legal Separation In Arizona

Posted on : May 12, 2017, By:  Christopher Hildebrand
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Alternatives to Divorce and Legal Separation In Arizona

The Hildebrand Law team have been answering client questions about legal separations and what they mean for spouses. Similar to divorce in many ways, a legal separation agreement keeps the marriage intact and allows the involved parties to reap some of the legal and monetary rewards of marriage.

However, we also note that it is not always an appropriate option for a couple, depending on their circumstances. Not only does a legal separation entail just as much work as a divorce in certain situations, but can lead to a divorce anyway, which is double the amount of work for everyone. If you find yourself and your spouse in a stressful or hectic situation, it can be effective to explore other options before opting into a legal separation or drawing up a divorce agreement.

The family law attorneys at Hildebrand Law want to highlight some of the alternatives couples can explore instead of being separated or filing for divorce and how they can be useful in certain situations. If you are struggling with your marital situation and need legal advice, get in touch with Arizona’s family law experts at Hildebrand Law.

Alternatives to Divorce and Legal Separation in Arizona.

Alternatives to Divorce and Legal Separation in Arizona.

Marriage Counseling to Save a Marriage in Arizona

Some couples only need to find a way to communicate and work through their problems without the fear of judgment. Often, communication breakdown is one of the biggest factors in a failing marriage. Maybe one party is frustrated with the other but feels they can’t express such feelings without being chastised. Perhaps one spouse is afraid of the other, and the other has no idea their spouse feels that way.

Marriage counseling is a way for a couple to resolve their problems while someone else catalyzes and directs the conversation. Opening the communication lines can make all of the difference and shift perspectives entirely. If you feel as though you and your spouse have been unable to communicate and that is leading you to contemplate filing for divorce, consider addressing your issues with the help of a marriage counselor first.

Informal Trial Separation

We have mentioned before that legal separation is not a way to decide on if you and your spouse want to get a divorce or not. Instead, a separation agreement is essentially the same amount of work and legal proceedings as filing for divorce, but with a few benefits retained. It is not the wisest decision to use a legal separation as a path to a divorce. Instead, couples can try an informal trial separation before they decide on their next steps.

Some couples go through the entire trouble of separating or divorcing in haste, only to discover it was not the ideal situation that they hoped it would be. An informal trial separation is a good alternative, as it provides a similar living situation as a permanent separation or divorce would with the option for retraction and resuming your life as it was. An informal separation is a trial period, which can be specified by the spouses.

There may, on occasion, be some paperwork to ensure the loose perimeters of an informal trial separation are met, but that can be dealt with quickly. Mediation, while not entirely an alternative, is a good way for couples to find common ground if they do decide to follow through with a legal separation or divorce. Typically, both parties will hire an attorney, tell their lawyer what they are looking for in a divorce agreement, or go to court to try to get an order to get what they want.

Other Options to Divorce and Legal Separation in Arizona.

Other Options to Divorce and Legal Separation in Arizona.

Mediation to Resolve Divorce or Legal Separation Issues

Not only is going to court exhausting and stressful, but it can cost both sides an unnecessary amount of money in fees. There is an alternative, divorce mediation, that spouses can utilize to not only come to an agreement that will be beneficial for both sides but also give them some clarity in where each other stands. Mediation allows the parties to determine the outcome of their divorce decree without the court making decisions for them.

Mediation allows the parties to be civil and begin to reconcile a semblance of positive communication, something that is especially important if they have children together or have a financial agreement that will last for the foreseeable future. The idea of divorce or separation can be daunting and overwhelming for many people. It can also be the wrong decision for spouses depending on their current situation.

In some cases, there is simply a communication breakdown preventing couples from resolving their problems. Other times, they may misunderstand the usefulness of a legal separation and the difference between a trial separation. If you and your spouse are facing a situation where you might be considering filing for divorce, alternative methods might be best for you both in the long run.

Family law is complicated to navigate alone, which is why having a legal team you can trust can make all the difference. If you are an Arizona resident and need legal aid, reach out to the team of family lawyers at Hildebrand Law and get the help you need today. If you have a question about alternatives to divorce and legal separation in Arizona, please call to speak to one of our experienced Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona divorce attorneys at (480)947-4339.

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