Divorce is difficult, and as a result many couples try to get through the process as quickly as possible. The quickest way to get through a divorce is usually mediation.
However, there are some instances where taking a divorce to trial is the better decision. According to Forbes Magazine, when you are making this choice you need to consider the amount of time and money you wish to invest in the process versus the potential outcomes.
How does a trial divorce affect time and money?
Trial divorce typically takes much longer than finalizing a settlement. In addition to the actual time you will need to spend in the courtroom, you will also need to attend meetings with your attorney to prepare for court. Additionally, you will also have to wait for the court to find time for your divorce case in the calendar. This can potentially take months.
In the majority of cases, a settlement will take far less time. However, in certain circumstances it is possible to waste more time in fruitless negotiations as opposed to going to court.
How are trial divorces and settlements different in outcome?
In the event that you cannot get what you want through settlement, trial divorce may be the only realistic alternative. However, you must make your case in a logical way. It is not a good idea to take a case to court just to tell your side of the divorce tale.
If you believe you deserve more time with the kids or if you need more money in alimony or child support than your spouse is ready to agree to, you will need to have a solid basis in law to argue your point to the judge.