Karen Covy, a divorce lawyer in Chicago, answers:
No. Going to court ensures nothing other than the fact that a judge – who doesn’t know you or your children, and will only be able to consider the facts that are admitted as evidence in court – will decide your case.
Going to court generally takes longer and costs more than using any other divorce process. However, sometimes you need to go to court because your spouse is unreasonable. You may need a judge to force your spouse to turn over documents, follow the rules, or do what he/she is supposed to do during the case. In some situations, going to court is your best, or only, option. Remember that even if your case does go to court, you still might not feel like you have gotten your fair share.
Karen Covy is a lawyer, mediator, educator and the author of When Happily Ever After Ends: How to Survive Your Divorce Emotionally, Financially, and Legally.