Couples who are getting a divorce may hope to reach an agreement on child custody and property division through negotiation. This means that they face a difficult dilemma if those negotiations falter and they are forced to decide between taking a less satisfactory settlement or proceeding to litigation.
Litigation can be stressful, time-consuming, and expensive. Individuals will need to take time off from work to attend court appearances. Attorneys often require information to be provided with very little notice. The costs increase significantly as attorney time increases during litigation… The stress can take a massive toll on all parties involved and potentially sabotage the future success of a co-parenting plan.
Despite these drawbacks, there are a few good reasons to move forward with litigation:
- A person feels that they have a strong argument but the other party simply will not agree.
- Going to court might be the only solution in order to obtain the desired outcome regarding property division or child custody.
- There is a concern about the child’s safety with the other parent due to abuse or neglect.
- The other party is hiding assets or is simply unwilling to divide assets equitably. Divorce may mean a decline in the standard of living and securing financial stability is often an important concern.
If you are not sure whether you should enter into negotiations with the other party or proceed to litigation, please contact us today to schedule your free consultation.