Attorneys at The Center for Family Law believe litigation should never be the first option. However, when reasonable attempts to resolve a case fail, the attorneys are prepared to implement an aggressive litigation strategy. The attorneys go to case conferences at court, often working primarily through extensive court filings and correspondence. The information gathering process called discovery is often formal and expensive.
Even though very few cases actually have a trial, everyone prepares for the possibility. Approximately 3-5% of all cases end up in front of a judge for trial, where the parties present evidence and ask the judge to make decisions on division of property, custody, and support. Litigation may be the only way a party can be assured of a relatively good outcome, if the other party refuses to negotiate in good faith, or has shown himself or herself to be untrustworthy in financial disclosure or other matters during the marriage.