Women, There’s More than One Way to Divorce
Tatarsha Harris is a domestic litigator with over 20 years of experience. She concentrates her practice in the areas of domestic and family law. She looks at her work as a posture of service. Most spouses interested in pursuing a divorce are not ready to be on their own. That’s why she tells her clients to know your finances. When pursuing divorce, she stresses the importance of building a team that includes a financial planner, therapist, CPA, and attorney to support you during this major life decision.
Recently there has been a drastic increase in gray divorce, where individuals over 50, in long lasting relationships, decide to end their marriage. When making a major decision around ending a relationship with a spouse, you want to ensure you have the right representation. The most notable approach to divorce is litigation. However, there are other methods such as mutual consent, mediation, and collaborative.
- Mutual consent divorce eliminates the 12-month waiting period before filing and allows the divorce without waiting.
- Divorce through mediation is a process where both parties hire a neutral third party, a mediator, to assist with deciding the division of marital assets and parental responsibilities, to include living and visiting arrangements. This can be voluntary or ordered by the court. It can save money and promote positive dispute resolution in what’s normally an adversarial process.
- Collaborative divorce is a method of negotiating a divorce settlement outside of court. The two parties consent to an agreement on each aspect of the divorce contract, including child custody, visitation, and financial assets. The benefit is the separating parties set the terms instead of the court and resolution happens quicker. Attorney Harris values a collaborative approach to ending marriage.
Listen in as Attorney Tatarsha Harris shares additional insights about her practice and life, as a mother raising two bright teen daughters.
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