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Divorce: You Have Options

Many people considering divorce do not realize that they have several options available to them. Our Saint Louis divorce attorneys are well-versed in all the methods of obtaining a divorce and can help you determine which option is best for you.

At the Law Office of Marta J. Papa, we believe that just as no two people are the same, no two cases should be handled in the same manner.

Three Methods of Divorce

Divorce is never easy, but a skilled divorce attorney can make all the difference in the cost, length, and outcome of your divorce proceedings. At the Law Office of Marta J. Papa, our lawyers will resolve your divorce using one of the following three methods:

  • Uncontested Divorce: In an uncontested divorce, also known as a “kitchen table divorce”, one spouse retains an attorney who represents only that spouse. The spouses agree on how to divide all property and on child custody matters. The attorney draws up the papers in accordance with the spouses’ decisions, files all necessary documents, and represents one spouse at the divorce hearing.
  • Contested Divorce: In a contested divorce, husband and wife cannot agree on how to divide their property or custody of the children. Both husband and wife retain separate attorneys who negotiate for them in order to settle the case. If a settlement cannot be reached, the case is set for trial.
  • Mediation: A mediated divorce is one in which the divorcing couple attends sessions together with a trained mediator who facilitates their decision-making. The couple uses these sessions to discuss how to divide property, parenting responsibilities, and future support, if needed. Mediation allows the parties to make their own decisions and stay in control of the outcome of their divorce. Usually, neither party needs to personally appear in court. At least one party must hire an outside attorney to file the completed mediation documents at the courthouse. The other party has the option of hiring his or her own attorney to review the completed mediation documents before filing them at the courthouse.

If you have questions about the different methods of divorce in St. Louis, Missouri, call the Law Office of Marta J. Papa at (314) 862-0202 or contact us online. Our team of Saint Louis divorce attorneys is ready to help resolve your divorce case.