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Deciding the type of divorce to pursue

When you are divorcing a spouse who has a successful business or high assets in another form, it is likely that you feel stressed and anxious about how to get a fair and representative deal for both your future and the future of your children.

There are many ways to achieve this, no matter how ruthless your spouse is acting. The most important thing is to stay calm and rational, focusing on the way forward in terms of finding mutual ground.

Deciding the type of divorce for your circumstances

Deciding the type of divorce that you want to pursue can be key in getting a successful result. These can cost varying amounts, so it is important to consider which suits your needs best.

Pro se "unbundled" divorce

One option is to choose an "unbundled" divorce. This is a type of pro se that allows you to consult with a lawyer only for certain defined tasks, for example in writing agreements. This means that most of the work will be up to you.

Surgical divorce

An option if you want a quick and simple settlement is to go through a surgical divorce. This involves engaging with a lawyer to reach a rapid agreement that both parties are happy with.


Mediation is great to use if you want to reach an agreement with minimal arguments. It can help you to reach a mutual decision without involving a lawyer.


When all else fails and you are ready for war in order to get the settlement you deserve, litigation is the place to turn.

If you are going through a high-asset divorce, it is important to understand the differing types of divorce and how they can work to get a successful result for you.

Source: The Cut, "How to divorce a rich husband," accessed Dec. 14, 2017

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