While everyone is somewhat familiar with the concept of divorce, you might
not be entirely sure about what the process entails. Some divorces can
be simple and the couple is able to work out a fair settlement without
much arguing, while other divorces involve complex financial portfolios
or contentious spouses who can’t compromise on their
Complex divorce cases require the assistance of financial experts, forensic
accountants, valuation experts, real estate appraisers, vocational consultants,
and other professionals. All of these professionals are needed before
the couple even decides to go to court. All of this can consume a large
portion of your time and money, which is why it is important to know when
it is best to litigate or settle your divorce.
What Are You & Your Spouse Arguing About?
If you and your spouse can’t agree on the amount of spousal support,
the terms of your
child custody agreement, or how to fairly split your stock portfolio, you might need help from
experienced professionals to negotiate these terms.
When your disagreement is about sole custody or if there should be alimony
payments at all, or if you suspect your spouse is trying to conceal valuable
assets from you, you want to have such issues taken up in court. The main
thing to determine is if you are in a position to negotiate or if you
are too far apart on issues and will need a judge to decide for you.
Do You Have the Money for Trial?
In some divorce cases, there is a real possibility that you will end up
spending more money on the trial than if you had just agreed to the first
terms you discussed with your spouse. You also risk coming out of trial
with a settlement that isn’t as fair as what you discussed with
Although going to trial can be both expensive and risky, it is worth it
in situations where you want to maintain custody of your children or when
your spouse refuses to negotiate in good faith. If you have enough money
set aside to take your case to court, and you aren’t in a rush to
get your divorce finished, then litigation might be the right option for you.
Can Your Family Take the Stress of a Trial?
Trials can be very tough on a family, especially when children are being
fought over by the parents. The emotional grind of a public trial might
be more than you’re willing to put your family through. Carefully
consider the well-being of your family before you decide to take your
Are You Willing to Let a Judge Who Doesn’t Know You Decide Your Future?
If you decide to go to trial, you won’t be able to control which
judge hears your case. Although judges are held to a high standard of
professional impartiality, they’re only human and have to make life
altering decisions based off of limited information. This means you can’t
guarantee the judge will understand your perspective. Once a judge makes
a decision, it is final, even if you believe it to be unfair.
At Gossman Law Firm, LLC, our divorce lawyer has years of experience helping
families resolve their disputes and move on to the next phase of their
life. From mediation to litigation, we can handle all of your divorce-related
needs. Let us put our skills to work for you today.
Call (205) 402-8808 to schedule your free consultation with our Birmingham