If you decide to get divorced, you have more than one option for proceeding. The method you choose depends on
several factors, including how long you have been married, whether you and your spouse are on speaking terms, whether you have children, how significant your income and assets are, and whether your spouse might be hiding assets or has abused you.
Friends who are divorced can give you valuable background information about how the proceedings worked — or didn’t work — for them. However, every marriage is unique, and so is every divorce. The method a friend used for divorce proceedings might not be the best method for you, depending on your personal situation. There are four common options for obtaining a divorce.