If you’re filing for divorce in Pennsylvania, you may find it very difficult to agree with your spouse. After all, the constant tension and arguments might be one major reason you decided to end your marriage. At the same time, few people want to go through a lengthy divorce with extensive conflict over finances and children. Even when a divorce is not the most amicable, it still may be possible to resolve some of the most important issues through negotiations rather than going to trial. There are a few things to keep in mind that may help you decide whether to seek a settlement before going to trial in family court.
Divorce trials take more time
You may want to bring the divorce to a conclusion as quickly as possible, and reaching a negotiated settlement is usually the best way to do so. This doesn’t mean that you and your future ex will be left to work out the solutions alone. Both parties’ family law attorneys have an important role to play in the negotiations process. These professionals could help to minimize conflict and focus on key areas of difference. Many family court judges will strongly encourage you to reach a settlement first. While a negotiated settlement could be resolved in months, a trial may take up to a year or more.
Settling may save money for both sides
In addition, many of the most contentious issues in divorce negotiations center around financial matters like asset division. While both parties may disagree on how to divide their marital property, going to trial will be more costly than reaching a compromise. Court costs and legal fees can quickly add up, especially if expert witnesses are required to deal with some of the financial matters in contention.
Of course, there are instances when both parties may still go to trial, including when one spouse is intransigent or when an abusive party wants custody of the children. Your family law attorney could help you to make a decision about the right strategy for your divorce case.