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What are Divorce Alternatives?

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For many married couples, divorce is not always the only solution. There are alternative methods like legal separation, mediation, and annulment. Couples going through a divorce can do so in an amicable way (collaborative divorce). In this blog post, we will discuss these alternatives in depth.

Why Divorce?

A divorce can be a difficult and emotionally charged process. It is the legal dissolution of a marriage, which means that all legal aspects of the relationship have been terminated, and each party can remarry in the future if they choose to do so. Reasons for filing for a divorce may include the following:

  • Irreconcilable differences
  • Infidelity
  • Financial distress

However, Florida is a no-fault divorce state which means that you don't have to give a reason to move forward with a divorce. Divorce is often considered to be the last resort when other methods of reconciliation have failed.

Legal Separation

A legal separation does not end a marriage. A couple is still legally married even after they have separated. This type of arrangement may be preferable for couples who want to live apart but do not want to end their marriage for personal or religious reasons. A couple may also choose legal separation if there is a possibility they may want to reconcile in the future and do not want to go through the hassle of getting remarried.

Florida Does Not Recognize Legal Separation

In Florida, there is no option to legally separate. The state does not recognize legal separation as a valid form of marriage dissolution. This means that the couple must seek other legal methods to terminate their marriage.


Mediation is a process where an impartial third party facilitates communication between two people who are in conflict with each other. The mediator does not take sides or make decisions for the parties involved. Their goal is to help both sides come to an agreement that works for everyone involved. Mediation can be used to resolve conflicts related to divorce, such as

  • Child custody
  • Visitation schedules
  • Property division
  • Spousal support

How Does Divorce Mediation Work?

Divorce mediation typically begins with an assessment of the couple's conflict and issues. The mediator then helps the couple come up with solutions that address each spouse's needs. Once a tentative agreement has been reached, the mediator drafts a Memorandum of Agreement outlining the terms of the settlement. It is important to remember that both spouses must agree on all aspects of the divorce before it can be finalized in court. Mediation can be a huge benefit to both parties involved as it works to meet the needs of each spouse while avoiding a lengthy and arduous court process.


An annulment is a legal procedure that cancels a marriage between two people. Unlike divorce, an annulment voids a marriage as if it never took place. Annulments are usually granted based on grounds such as fraud, duress, or lack of mental capacity. An annulment may also be granted if one of the spouses was under 20 years old at the time of marriage without parental consent.

Why an Annulment Over a Divorce?

An annulment may be a better option than divorce for couples who want to terminate their marriage quickly. An annulment also allows for a clean break from the marriage without any of the hassles involved in a divorce. Additionally, annulments may be more beneficial financially because they do not involve property division or alimony payments.

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce is a process where couples who are divorcing work together with their lawyers to reach an agreement outside of court. The main goals of collaborative divorce are to keep the proceedings amicable and to avoid going to trial.

In order for a collaborative divorce to work, both spouses must be willing to work together and communicate openly with each other throughout the process. If either spouse decides they want to go to court, then both parties must hire new lawyers and start the process over again from scratch.

Is Collaborative Divorce the Option For Us?

Collaborative divorce may be the right option for couples who are willing to work together and communicate their needs in order to reach an agreement. It can also be beneficial for those looking for a more amicable, cost-effective way to dissolve their marriage. However, it is important to keep in mind that not all couples will be able to resolve their differences without going to court. In these cases, traditional divorce proceedings may be necessary.

You Have Options

There are many options available to couples who wish to terminate their marriage. It is important to take the time to explore each option and decide which one is right for you. If you need help deciding what path is best for your situation, a qualified family law attorney can provide guidance and advice. With the right information, you can make an informed decision that is in your best interest.

Let Owenby Law, P.A. Guide You Through This Difficult Time

The legal process of divorce can be daunting and emotionally draining. Owenby Law, P.A. understands this and is here to help you navigate the process as smoothly as possible. Our experienced divorce attorneys will provide compassionate, knowledgeable advice throughout your divorce proceedings and ensure that all of your rights are protected. Contact us today at (904) 770-3141 or fill out our form online for more information about our services. We look forward to helping you through this difficult time in your life.