There are two legal ways to end a marriage: Divorce and Dissolution.
In both divorce and dissolution, the issues are the same— How will the parties unwind their marriage and transition to separate lives? How will the parties divide their property? Will there be spousal support, and if so, how much and for how long? How will the parties continue to parent and support their children?
If parties can reach an agreement on these issues, they can end their marriage through a dissolution by reducing their agreement to a document called a separation agreement. A Court will then hold a short final hearing to approve the separation agreement and end the marriage on those terms.
If the parties are not able to agree to all of these issues, they can file for a divorce, asking a judge to make decisions on the issues the parties cannot agree on. The process begins with the filing of a divorce complaint and ends with a trial, often taking over a year to conclude. Divorces can be expensive and emotionally draining. Attorney Linda J. Miller is committed to help her clients avoid court whenever possible. She uses alternatives, such as mediation, the collaborative divorce process, and negotiated settlements.
Contact Linda J. Miller to learn more about your divorce and dissolution options. Consider scheduling a neutral consultation with your spouse to meet with Linda Miller to learn more about the options you have for a court-less divorce.