It’s certainly possible and encouraged for parties to reach an amicable settlement if possible rather than proceed to a full trial. I’ve often heard judges take the position that it’s better for parties to take control of their own case and decide their own future by settling contested issues, rather than have an unfamiliar third party such as the judge make decisions after a trial.
Madilyn Keating Ellsworth is an associate attorney at the Chicago-based firm Boyle Feinberg, P.C. Madilyn practices all aspects of family law including child custody, child support, distribution of assets, and post-dissolutions matters. To learn more about Madilyn and her firm, visit www.boylefeinbergfamilylaw.com or the firm’s profile.