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Divorce does not have to be a courtroom battle -- ask Brangelina

Utah movie fans more than likely already know that the days of "Brangelina" are coming to a close. At first, it looked like the couple was going to end up in a public and contentious divorce that would be fodder for the media for quite some time. However, the couple recently decided to resolve their issues in a more private manner by moving out of the public eye and using a private judge.

Few Utah couples have the assets and public attention that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie do, but that does not mean that a courtroom battle is inevitable or preferable. Giving in to the traditional adversarial system often causes more harm than good for divorcing couples. Choosing to stay out of the courtroom allows more privacy and the chance to tailor an agreement to the family's specific circumstances.

Furthermore, using an alternative method of dispute resolution often takes less time and money. The parties sit down and work through their issues in their own time instead of waiting for court dates that often only give the parties more time to argue and escalate an already uncomfortable situation. In addition, the courts often encourage couples to negotiate a settlement outside the courtroom.

Even if a divorce starts out contentious like the proceedings involving Pitt and Jolie, the couple illustrates through their actions that it does not have to remain that way. Cooler heads can prevail and allow the parties to work together and compromise. Many couples find that doing so results in a more satisfactory settlement that each party can live with and look forward to the future.

Source: CNBC, "How to divorce like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie", Jessica Dickler, Jan. 11, 2017

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