Collaborative and mediated divorce are very popular for a multitude of reasons. In many cases, collaborative or mediated divorce can potentially save you a lot of money.
However, it is important to know when to try and negotiate and when to take your divorce to trial. According to Forbes Magazine, if you are considering taking your divorce to trial you must compare the additional time and money against expected results.
Why is collaborative divorce quicker and cheaper?
Mediated or collaborative divorces are typically cheaper because you are directly negotiating with your ex-spouse rather than going through the courts. Divorce is a lawsuit, and it is almost always advantageous to try to arbitrate or mediate lawsuits rather than litigate if at all possible.
One of the major advantages of mediation or collaboration is that you do not have to wait for a court to have time to hear your case. You also do not have to go to as many meetings with your attorney since you will not need to prepare for court.
When should I take my divorce to trial?
Essentially, when negotiation will get you nowhere. Particularly if you are going through a very acrimonious divorce, you may have a difficult time having a rational conversation with your ex-spouse, let alone negotiating child support or alimony.
Keep in mind that just because you take your case to court does not mean that you will get exactly what you want. You will need to couch your desires in legal terms. It is not a good idea to go to trial to get a platform to sound off about your ex-spouse.