In a typical divorce case, it may be best to settle instead of going to trial. Trials can take up to a year to complete, and individuals may be required to take time off work to appear in court. Furthermore, they will likely need to stay close to the phone in case their lawyers call. This is because a lawyer who needs information about a case will typically need it in a relatively short period of time.
Court costs, legal fees and other expenses related to a divorce trial could cost a person $10,000 or more. It is important to note that there is no way to guarantee that an individual will obtain a favorable outcome at trial. In most cases, it is advantageous to settle the matter even if it means ceding ground on one or more issues.
Agreeing to a settlement can be especially beneficial to married couples who have children together. Settling a case outside of court potentially prevents the children from being put in the middle of an argument between two adults. It can also help prevent relationships between parents from becoming strained or fractured. Parents who can work together to amicably end their marriages tend to do better working together to raise their children after the divorce process ends.
A divorce proceeding may be an emotional event regardless of whether it is conducted in court or through settlement talks. An attorney may help an individual learn more about how to keep his or her emotions in check. This may make it easier to obtain a favorable settlement in a timely manner. A favorable settlement might include a large share of marital property, alimony or other ongoing financial support. It may also include obtaining custody or visitation rights to a son or daughter.