At the Media law firm of Louis Wm. Martini, Jr., P.C., we have worked with countless individuals of varying ages and income levels. However, one of the most commonly held beliefs among people of all backgrounds is the idea that litigation leads to a better outcome.
But is this really true? Will you get more time with your children or a bigger share of the marital estate if you take your divorce to court?
The answer is occasionally, but not as often as you might think. It’s true that divorce litigation is sometimes necessary. The other party may simply refuse to negotiate or compromise in any way. In this situation, litigation may be the only option available to you.
However, before you determine to fight it out in court, you should be aware of the following points:
- By staying out of court, you retain control. Litigation means turning over control to the Pennsylvania courts. In contrast, choosing to mediate or negotiate means that you and your spouse have the final say in all decisions.
- Nobody knows your family like you do. Attorney Louis Martini puts it this way: “When you go to court, you’re inviting a perfect stranger — the judge — to make decisions about the most important things in your life: your relationships with your children, your assets, how you will deal with a spouse who is abusive or has mental health issues… A third party who doesn’t know anyone in your family isn’t in the best position to make these critical decisions.”
- Count the cost — both financially and emotionally. Litigation is often expensive. Many people end up depleting their resources and putting themselves in challenging financial situations after divorce. Plus, litigation makes your private concerns public and can increase your stress.
At Louis Wm. Martini, Jr., P.C., we know that you want to get your life back on track in the quickest possible manner, while protecting what matters most to you. Count on our lawyer to be your strong advocate, no matter what route you ultimately choose to take.