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It’s Splitsville: Surviving Your Divorce by James J. Gross

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CHAPTER  20

Different Ways to Get a Separation Agreement

When you go to a doctor, he usually starts with the least invasive and least expensive medical intervention, like “Take two aspirins and call me in the morning.” Then maybe he will order some tests. The most invasive and most expensive intervention is surgery.

Likewise, there are different ways to reach a settlement and obtain the goal of a fair-and-balanced separation agreement. They vary in complexity and cost. We will discuss each of the following, from the least invasive and expensive to the most invasive and expensive:

  1. Negotiation of your own agreement
  2. Mediation
  3. Collaborative law
  4. Negotiation by attorneys
  5. Arbitration
  6. Trial

Negotiate Your Own Separation Agreement

The most straightforward ...

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