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Does divorce always involve a fight?

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2021 | Divorce, Mediation

The end of a marriage can be painful for everyone involved. As a result, tension can run high and people may lose their temper. However, divorce does not have to lead to drawn-out fights in the courtroom. What should you know about conflict in Florida divorces?

Florida is a no-fault divorce state.

While divorce sometimes involves wrongdoing on the part of one spouse, Florida law allows a couple to end their marriage because they believe that it is “irretrievably broken.” This means that couples can reach the conclusion that they no longer wish to be married without either party needing to prove that someone was at fault.

Because no one needs to be at fault for a couple to divorce in Florida, neither spouse needs to argue about the wrongdoing of the other. In cases that do involve a breach of trust, it also allows couples to avoid the emotional strain of revealing these painful and personal details in public record.

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) options can further decrease conflict.

While some couples turn to litigation to resolve their divorce, ADR methods like mediation or collaborative divorce encourage couples to work together to reach a satisfactory agreement. While this process can involve disagreement, it also encourages collaboration and allows both spouses to take an active part in reaching a solution that they find satisfactory.

While divorce can involve conflict, not every divorce has to lead to a fight. For couples that want to decrease the emotional strain of the divorce process, options are available to can achieve those goals while also giving them a strong start for the next stage of their life.