The traditional route to developing the final terms of a divorce is through the court system. This does not necessarily mean a trial. Over 90% of all couples faced with ending their marriage never go to trial. Rather they use the many services provided by the court to finalize the terms of their divorce. The court has specialized personnel designed to help the parents develop custody and parenting plan. The court also uses professionals to help parties reach a fair resolution of their financial division including asset division, debt division and assigning support both alimony and child support. The parties may or may not have attorneys as their representatives. The court in some circumstances will require the children to have attorneys or guardian ad items. Although the parties are allowed to negotiate outside of the court if they are able, all divorce terms are developed in a court proceeding, either temporary or final and must be approved by a judge.
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