What Are the Ways to Divorce and What do Adversarial and Non-Adversarial mean?

May 20, 2020

There are three divorce processes that fall into two general categories. The types of divorce are adversarial and non-adversarial. An adversarial divorce is contested, whereby spouses are unable to reach an agreement on the key issues such as division of property, child support, spousal support, among others. Therefore, all areas of conflict are dealt with via litigation in court.  A non-adversarial divorce is uncontested, whereby spouses are able to reach an agreement on all the issues and do not require court intervention to rule on the issues. Divorces that are non-adversarial usually cost less, are less emotional and require little to no court time other than to put an Agreement on the record.

Mediation and Collaboration are the two non-adversarial alternatives to litigation. Whether resolving issues via mediation with a neutral third party who serves as a facilitator, or via collaboration, where each spouse retains independent collaborative representation, the parties avoid court-imposed orders and resolve their issues in a private setting.


Allisan Lee Adams, Attorney has over 30 years of experience providing legal services to individuals and families. In divorce cases, Allisan is passionate about helping couples reach a settlement agreement through one of two non-adversarial processes: mediation or collaboration. Through a holistic approach to divorce, she encourages couples with children to recognize that while they will no longer be a couple, they will always share a family.



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