There is a certain view of divorce. The major view often portrayed on fictionalized television shows is of bitterness, hatred and contention. While this isn't necessary an untrue portrayal of some people's divorce, Georgia couples actually have several options to a more peaceful resolution. While some couples are destined for litigation, others can avoid an open, public battle in a courtroom.

Besides the traditional divorce that plays out in the courtroom, some couples actually choose a different route. One option is cooperative divorce in which both spouses choose their own lawyers who are directed to reach a settlement. A second option is a collaborative divorce; in this version, each spouse chooses their own lawyers. The lawyers and spouses, along with a mental health and financial expert, come to a settlement, to be approved by a judge. A third option is mediation in which both spouses meet with a single mediator who helps the divorcing couple come to a settlement.

Not all couples are able to avoid litigation. However, those who are open and willing to compromise tend to have a better chance of avoiding the courtroom and the bitterness and time commitment often associated with that. By choosing one of these routes, a couple can preserve their privacy by avoiding airing their grievances as a matter of public record while reducing the cost and length of the process.

The decision to seek a divorce is often a difficult one, especially for a couple who have been together for a long period of time or if there are dependent children involved. In order to come to a resolution, it is important for Georgia couples to be aware of all of their options and the potential benefits of each. While it is likely that a divorce will still involve hurt feelings, some options may be better at preventing negativity and stress.

Source: The Huffington Post, Divorce Confidential: Should I Negotiate or Litigate My Divorce?, Caroline Choi, Sept. 25, 2013