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Do you have to litigate a divorce?

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2022 | Divorce

You may know that you have options for settling your divorce in Texas. There are several different ways to dissolve a marriage that do not involve litigation. Finding the best divorce process for you and your spouse depends on your situation.

If you do not have child custody disagreements or financial disputes, you can save time and money with streamlined divorce procedures.

Collaborative divorce

In a collaborative resolution, you and your spouse agree to settle your divorce without litigation. Both parties must sign an agreement ahead of time stating that contested issues will not go to court. This approach often involves several professionals to secure a legal settlement that strives to meet the needs of everyone involved.


Mediation involves the help of a neutral third party who supports partners as they work toward a fair settlement. Mediators do not favor either party but instead help find an equitable resolution that benefits both people. You and your spouse choose your mediator together to ensure fairness.

“Kitchen table” settlements

If you have a straightforward divorce case that does not involve substantial assets or children, you can sit down with your spouse and draft an agreement together. However, you may want to consult with an attorney to ensure you are protecting your legal rights and avoiding mistakes. Once you have an arrangement, you can take it to a lawyer to create a formal contract.

Your divorce arrangement affects many areas of your life. While you do not need a lawyer to file for divorce, it is beneficial to get legal advice before signing a settlement agreement. Before finalizing your divorce, know your rights, options and resources.