99% of the cases settle. The reason people settle their cases is typically that they want to have control of their own lives, they want to have control of their future, they want to stop the bleeding, they want to stop the emotional difficulties relative to the break-up and division, and finally, they don’t want to leave their lives in the hands of a complete stranger who may or may not ever have practiced in the area of family law or gone through a divorce themselves.
And then there is the cost: it is much more cost-effective to settle your case than to litigate your case. If you are going to litigate your case, it is important that you proceed with an attorney who know the court system, who has tried many cases, and who is proficient in articulating your facts as they relate to the law.
When you’re looking for an attorney, and you know the case is not going to settle, ask the prospective attorney whether they are an experienced litigator. That’s probably the most important question you can ask in that situation.
Abigale M. Stolfe is a partner at Stolfe Zeigler, a boutique family law firm that obtains favorable outcomes for high-net-worth, complex, and litigious cases.