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Trial vs Settlement: Divorce & Family Law

Trial vs Settlement: Divorce & Family Law

Why Settlement is often a better option than trial in divorce Early in a divorce, people are often terribly angry and they think they want to go to trial. But this is usually a bad idea, and it’s better to settle. It’s also less ruinous financially for people who would better spend the money for a trial on their children. At the beginning of a divorce… The notion of a trial likely has visceral appeal for people — at least initially — because they have been excited by movies and television shows that glamorize trials. These programs tend to frame trial lawyers as elegant, eloquent single combat warriors in smartly tailored suits. Gregory Peck looked great in To Kill a Mockingbird. And for people who like to read, historic trials grip the imagination – the trial of Socrates, the Scopes “monkey trial” debating evolution in the 1920s, the trial of Joan of Arc (such as it was.) They’re exciting; they’re showdowns about great issues. But real trials are often quiet, plodding affairs. There will be hours of testimony that can be dull. The lawyers do not orate and intone; they sometimes mumble and fumble through their papers. The courtroom are often empty and the ambient noise is deadening. And the lawyers are almost never as good looking as Gregory Peck or Sandra Bullock. The reality of divorce trials and settlement…. And our legal system actually definitely doesn’t favor everyone going to trial. If everyone went to trial, the court system would clog up and people would have trials scheduled five or ten years out. This would not comport with...