Litigating is the traditional divorce process.  Each spouse may represent her or himself (pro per or pro se) or may hire an attorney, who will provide legal advice and represent the spouse during the dissolution process. The process is adversarial, each party on his or her own, or through an attorney advocates positions to the court based on the parties personal wants, needs and viewpoints.  Litigation may involve other professionals such as forensic accountants, appraisers, or psychologists.  The professionals may be involved by agreement of the parties or by court order.  There are other, nonadversarial options for spouses seeking a dissolution.

Mediation                                   Collaborative Law