Litigated divorce, custody and support matters as well as “litigated settlements” still remain common methods for resolving family law issues. Where one or both parties decide that no other process choice best suits them, litigation is the fall back. In litigated matters, the parties submit their dispute to the court system for resolution. Due to the high demand on the court system, this process often proceeds very slowly.
Additionally, this process can be costly and inefficient. Many cases that are prepared for litigation are often settled. However, the “litigated settlement” often happens on the eve of trial and can and often be less satisfying than the intentional pursuit of settlement in Mediation or Collaborative.