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Choosing The Right Divorce For You

When a couple decides to divorce, they may be surprised to learn that there are actually multiple types of divorce methods. Some methods of settling things may be better for a separating couple than others, so it is important to make sure you are effectively weighing your options in your divorce.

At Velzen Law Office, PLLC, you can meet with a skilled Michigan attorney who has specific training in alternative dispute resolutions (ADRs) for a divorce. Attorney Randall (Randy) Velzen proudly helps clients from Ottawa and Kent counties find the divorce option that is right for them.

How Will You Divorce?

There are four primary types of divorce: arbitration, mediation, Collaborative and litigated. Randy works closely with his clients to understand their unique needs in their divorce, and presents them with these options to decide what method is best for them. Each of these options has its own advantages, such as:

  • Arbitration – This option requires that both parties consent to a private attorney to settle their divorce outside of a courtroom. This option is commonly used in situations where negotiations are not resulting in an agreeable outcome. It is quicker and more confidential than litigation.
  • Mediation – This option involves both parties negotiating to reach an agreeable outcome in their divorce, often with the help of their own attorneys. To help keep the process moving forward civilly, a neutral mediator will oversee the process to protect everyone’s best interests. Some mediations are conducted before the filing of a divorce. If a settlement can be reached there is a relatively new court rule that allows for the case to be in the “express lane” as far as the court system is concerned. In litigation cases The court orders the parties to mediate to determine if a settlement can be reached before giving the parties a trial date.
  • Collaboration – Both parties, their lawyers and a coach sign a participation agreement to settle the divorce outside of court. This option is often best for spouses that are pursuing a noncontested divorce, where each side is more focused on moving forward than fighting over details in the divorce.
  • Litigation – For situations where either one of both spouses cannot work together to settle their divorce, litigation is necessary. This option sees both sides presenting their case before a court, and accepting the decisions a judge comes to after hearing all of the necessary information.

Whether you are trying to settle your divorce on your terms or you need help making your voice heard in court, attorney Velzen can help.

Protect Your Best Interests In Your Divorce

If you are considering a divorce, or are already in the middle of one, you can pursue a method of divorcing that benefits everyone. Contact Randy’s office today to schedule your initial consultation. Call him at 616-588-5455 or email him here and take the first step to settle your divorce your way.