The strategy of whether to litigate or settle a case really depends on the particular circumstances of each case. In some situations, there’s an opportunity to negotiate or mediate all of the contested issues. In other situations, mediation is a completely futile process and the parties will never get anywhere trying to resolve the case amongst themselves.
Mediation can be a cost-effective means of resolving a divorce under the right circumstances. However, under other circumstances, a trial may be the only way to obtain the desired results.
Madilyn Keating Ellsworth is an associate attorney at the Chicago-based firm Boyle Feinberg Sharma. Madilyn practices all aspects of family law including child custody, child support, distribution of assets, and post-dissolutions matters.