The short answer to the question above is yes.
The longer answer is that while every divorce is different, the reasons why two people are splitting can influence aspects like the method of dispute resolution, the time it takes to finalize a divorce and whether other professionals can be involved.
The method of dispute resolution
There are different ways to address divorce-related matters, and the method that works best for you can depend on why you are divorcing.
- Mediation can work for couples who have grown apart or cite communication problems as their primary motivation for divorce. Generally, with support, these parties can reach agreements together.
- Collaborative divorce can be a good fit for people divorcing because of issues stemming from mental health problems, financial conflicts or substance abuse. These are complicating matters that require more structure than mediation but do not require parties to go to court.
- Litigation can be necessary for parties who are divorcing amid infidelity claims or abuse allegations. These cases can be too contentious for cooperative solutions and may require a judge to make decisions.
Keep in mind that these are generalities. And some divorces start in mediation or collaboration but wind up in litigation. However, this can give parties an idea of what method might work best for them.
The time it takes to divorce
A divorce can move more quickly for people motivated to close this chapter. Such could be the case when both parties want to start new relationships or when they are divorcing amid financial problems and want to minimize the cost of the legal process.
On the other hand, the more contentious divorce is, the longer it can take. Thus, if one or both parties are angry, jealous or feel betrayed because of lies or deceit during the marriage, the divorce can take longer as parties fight for resolutions.
The need for outside help
The reasons for your split can affect whether outside support from child custody specialists and forensic accountants may be appropriate.
Thus, if parties are divorcing because they clash over parenting or do not trust each other with money, professional support can be crucial.
The “why” of divorce matters
There is a connection between the reasons for a divorce and the process itself. Knowing this can make it easier to assess your options and manage your expectations.