In cases where the spouses are not able to resolve their disputes without going to trial, divorce proceedings are a battle. Few people are prepared to deal with the reality of the courtroom and the fierce confrontations that often happen there. There may be no other time in the divorce process where it is more important to have an experienced lawyer who will fight to protect your interests. Depending on the issues that have yet to be resolved, your attorney will present your side of the argument and your spouse’s attorney will present his or hers. Both you and your spouse will likely be called to testify and be cross-examined by your spouse’s lawyer. Once the judge has heard all the testimony and seen all the evidence, he or she will make a decision. It is often best to work out a reasonable solution if possible. At trial, you give up control and leave it in the judge’s hands. By reaching an agreement on your own, you still might not get exactly what you hoped for, but at least you maintain control of the outcome.
Kirk C. Stange of Stange Law Firm, PC is a family law attorney in St. Louis, Missouri.