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Divorce trial is very different from settling divorce

When it comes to getting divorced, two individuals could opt to go to trial. Alternatively, they could attempt to reach an agreement on matters like property division through processes such as mediation or informal negotiations. Here are a couple of factors that are important to consider when deciding which divorce process option to choose in Minnesota.

The first key factor to take into consideration is time. The reason for this is that divorce trials could easily take at least a year. Meanwhile, two divorcing spouses may be able to arrive at a settlement agreement months after deciding to divorce. In light of this, an out-of-court settlement is a better option if two people would like to quickly finalize their divorce and thus move on with their independent lives. Still, divorce trial is the only option if the two parties cannot find common ground regarding their divorce issues.

The second key factor to consider is the stress caused by the trial setting or the settlement process. Divorce trials have a tendency to spark animosity and hostility, so they can quickly become taxing.  However, negotiations usually allow both parties to feel empowered and more in control of their divorce outcomes. As a result, they are usually less stressful.

If two people decide to go through negotiations, an attorney in Minnesota can help his or her client to pursue a fair settlement with the other party. Meanwhile, if divorce trial is inevitable, the attorney will be prepared to litigate matters such as asset distribution and alimony. In either scenario, the attorney will seek the best outcome for the client given the circumstances surrounding the marital break-up.

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