For many of the divorcing San Antonio couples with whom we work here at The Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., the prospect of going through lengthy divorce proceedings may be daunting. They may also not look forward to have their differences aired in a public setting. If you would like to end your marriage quickly and privately, then choosing to do so through family court may not be the best decision. You may want to instead consider a process known as Alternative Dispute Resolution.
The Pro Se Divorce Handbook put out by the Texas Young Lawyers Association lists ADR as being a process where you and your spouse, still represented by counsel, work together to resolve the issues related to your separation through a series of private meetings rather than court proceedings. A mediator is appointed to help both sides work through issues to come to agreements considered to be advantageous to both parties.
If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are able to work through issues amicably, ADR offers a number of advantages over the standard divorce process. These include:
- Greater control over outcomes: Rather than placing decisions in the hands of a judge, you and your spouse are able to arrive at them together through the suggestions of your mediator.
- Less hostility: Given that both you and your spouse are allowed added input on issues, the atmosphere found in an ADR setting is more collaborative than confrontational.
- Less expensive: As resolutions tend to be reached much faster through the ADR process, you typically reach an outcome sooner, meaning less spent on legal fees.
More information on the benefits of ADR can be found on our site.