By: Curtis Wiberg
As your family law case progresses to trial, the risks of letting a judge decide the course of your life and/or your children’s lives becomes a huge factor to consider if you are in a contentious divorce or post-divorce proceeding. No matter how strong you may perceive your position to be, taking a case to trial is always a gamble, and it is important to have the opinion of a lawyer with experience litigating to provide you the best information as to your best course. Though some cases can be straight forward such that the outcome seems certain, others can have a murkier outcome, depending on the law and the facts. Additionally, given the fact that each judge/court may view an issue differently, results can vary from courtroom to courtroom.
In any case, it’s important to know what the best case scenario of going to trial is, and the odds of that best case materializing. Likewise, it’s important to know what the worst case scenario of going to trial is, and the chances of that worst coming to pass. Where a compromise falls on that spectrum between the two scenarios should be one of the major factors to consider when making the decision regarding whether to settle or go to trial. Having an experienced attorney who knows the law, the judges, and the expert witnesses to inform you of the likelihoods of various outcomes can be extremely helpful in guiding you to the best decision. Continue reading