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Options for Maryland residents considering divorce

Maryland residents who are considering divorce are among approximately 50 percent of couples in the United States who go through with it. Once the end of a marriage is imminent, both parties should consider the benefits and downsides of the multiple types that are possible. An uncontested divorce is typically the simplest way to proceed as it involves a settlement agreement entered into by both parties. These proceedings can be finished in weeks and cost much less than the typical litigated divorce.

Contested divorces can cost tens of thousands of dollars in lawyers' fees and may take years to complete. These cases require representation for both divorcing parties and court intervention to settle matters related to custody, property division and financial responsibility. Mediation is an option that involves a trained neutral third party attempting to get the couple to agree on outstanding issues. Mediation is often less stressful for the divorcing couple as well as their children.

Collaborative divorces involve each party having his or her own team of professionals, including a lawyer and in some cases a mental health professional and a financial adviser. These divorces are generally less stressful than traditional litigation as they focus on easing tensions between parties. Having multiple tiers of professional support can reduce anxiety and confusion surrounding commonly disputed issues, such as finances and custody arrangements.

The end of a marriage can be stressful for all involved, but choosing the right type of divorce can make the process easier. A family law attorney may be able to advise a client as to the form that may be the most appropriate to a given situation.

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