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When should I take my divorce to trial?

| Oct 19, 2020 | Firm News

There are many reasons to choose a collaborative divorce. Collaborative divorces keep you out of the courtroom, and this can save you a lot of time and money. Collaboration also allows you and your ex-spouse to have more control over the end result of the divorce as compared to letting a judge decide everything for you.

However, there are some divorces where collaboration will not work. According to Forbes Magazine, if you are thinking about taking your divorce to trial you should compare the cost in time and money versus the results you expect to get out of the court.

Why is trial divorce more expensive?

You will need to meet much more frequently with your attorney if you choose a trial divorce. This alone makes the divorce more expensive. Additionally, you will need to take time out of your schedule to attend court hearings.You may also need to wait several weeks before the court has time to hear your divorce case. The collaborative approach is usually much cheaper and far quicker.

Will a trial divorce get me what I want?

This depends. In a divorce situation where collaboration is not possible, a trial may be the only realistic option. Keep in mind that if you want to take your divorce to trial, you will need to prove to the judge in no uncertain legal terms why you need the arrangements you are seeking.

For instance, if you want alimony payments but your spouse does not agree, the law must be on your side. It is not a good idea to go to court simply to have a public outlet to speak about how frustrated you are with your ex-spouse.