Divorces are known to be complicated processes even in the best of cases, where spouses go to trial and let their attorneys litigate until the judge decides what’s best just and best for both parties (and their children).

Traditional divorces can end up being an expensive, nightmarish process for everyone involved, and the reasons can be endless, which is why in a lot of cases, the spouses’ attitudes are bitter and contentious, making matters worse. Having said that, spouses (and their families) should opt to have an amicable divorce.

What does Amicable Divorce Mean?

An amicable divorce does not mean a legal process on its own, as it can be either an uncontested or a contested divorce. What an amicable divorce means is that no matter the route the couple takes, they opt to get along throughout the process, which is always preferable.

If disputes arise, the couple may choose to handle them in a civil and polite matter until the divorce process Is finished, and hopefully, afterward even. Usually, when the divorcing couple wishes to divorce amicably, litigation is not required, and instead, mediation and collaborative family law procedures are used to help the couple end the dispute.

Benefits of Amicable Divorces

Since in amicable divorces the spouses have the goodwill to end disputes as civilized as possible, they tend to not take as long as in divorces where such intentions are not present. For that reason, an amicable process is usually less expensive, as there is less contention involved, which means that lawyers wouldn’t charge as much as they would in litigated instances.

What if I can’t pursue an Amicable Arrangement?

As much as we recommend solving disputes amicably since it is usually more beneficial for the spouses and their families, we understand that it’s not always possible to do so. When a spouse suspects that their partner is not willing to compromise and agree on the terms in a civilized way, then other steps may be considered, and often preferred, even if it means litigation.

No one should give up their rights or agree to unfavourable terms to end disputes “amicably”, which is why we advise our clients to proceed with the legal counsel of an experienced attorney to best plan a course of action.