Amicable does not mean that the two of you have to get along or that you have to agree on everything. Instead, amicable means that you are committed to divorcing in a way that does not involve high conflict and costly litigation.
When spouses agree to the divorce amicably, they choose a different process than a traditional divorce. Each spouse has their own Amicable Divorce Network (ADN) attorney who represents their best interest while focusing on low-conflict and cost-effective solutions to issues that arise. One main difference: should a dispute arise, it is not resolved by the attorneys filing expensive and time-consuming motions for the judge to decide months later. Instead, the ADN attorneys work together. If necessary, parties can mediate or arbitrate. The Amicable Divorce Process also encourages parties to enlist the assistance of outside professionals who can help them navigate the process and reach sound decisions on their issues.
The Amicable Divorce Process is private and offers an individualized approach to divorce. You each work with your own attorney to determine what information and documentation you need to negotiate a settlement in your case and you do it on a timeline that works for you. Unlike contested court proceedings, this is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Depending on the needs of the parties, the ADN Process can be accelerated or slowed down to suit the needs of the individuals. The process is entirely flexible and nothing is filed with the court until a settlement is reached.
No matter if your situation is simple or complex, both benefit from the Amicable Divorce Process. In fact, more complicated cases involving businesses, large assets, and challenging issues benefit from the streamlined process as the parties focus on getting information to reach a resolution instead of paying multiple professionals to testify in a contested proceeding. The Amicable Divorce Process works around the people and their situation to create a private, cost-effective, efficient, low-conflict experience.
Founded in 2019, the Amicable Divorce Network (ADN) serves to promote amicable divorce practices and connect parties with like-minded professionals. Members of the organization believe there is a better way to divorce and are committed to assisting parties with low-conflict ways to resolve their issues.
The ADN is an organization of solution-oriented professionals dedicated to helping people divorce in a low-conflict and cost-effective manner. With an emphasis on providing divorcing spouses with accurate information and holistic support, ADN members include attorneys, mental health professionals, mediators, arbitrators, parent coordinators, financial advisors, real estate and mortgage brokers, insurance agents, CPA's, divorce coaches, and many more!
Parties must both agree to use the Amicable Divorce Process to resolve their matter in a low-conflict and efficient manner without court intervention until the case is fully settled. The parties each choose an attorney in the Amicable Divorce Network and retain their chosen attorney.
Parties sign documents about the Amicable Divorce Process and begin gathering necessary information for their matter. During this stage each spouse signs an Agreement to Maintain Status Quo to keep certain things in place (e.g., no major financial changes, no cancellation of insurance, basic rules of parenting) while the divorce is pending.
The attorneys conference with one another and prepare the Case Planning Form which details the deadlines in the case for any documents which need to be exchanged and for a mediation to be scheduled.
Parties exchange Financial Disclosure Forms and any other information and documents needed to negotiate an informed Settlement. During this time, parties may choose to meet with financial professionals, parent coordinators, or other professionals as needed to help them make sound decisions and prepare to finalize their divorce.
The parties work with their attorneys to negotiate a final settlement. Parties may opt to use a mediation process (non-binding), if needed. If mediation is unsuccessful, the parties agree to "binding" arbitration to resolve any outstanding issues. If arbitration is needed the decision of the arbitrator will be final.
All divorce documents from the Complaint for Divorce through and including all final settlement documents are filed and forwarded to the Judge for final review and approval. The Judge will review and issue a final Decree of Divorce, without any court hearing at all. This formally divorces the parties.