If possible, you may want to strive to settle your divorce outside of court. This is because a trial can take up to a year or more to resolve, and a Michigan judge may not necessarily craft a divorce decree that meets your short or long-term needs.
Trials can be expensive
There is a good chance that you will be litigating your case with the help of an attorney, which means that you will be on the hook for several months or years of legal fees. Furthermore, you may need to take time off of work to appear in court. If you have a child, it may be necessary to pay a babysitter to supervise your child while you are away. Finally, you may have to pay court costs and other fees as part of a final settlement order.
Trials can take a toll on your mental health
If your lawyer needs information, he or she will want to receive it immediately. Therefore, you can expect to be on call throughout the day regardless of whether you are in a meeting, in class or attempting to meet your duties as a parent. The stress of appearing in court can also have a negative impact on your mental health as the case proceeds. Over time, your child will likely notice that you aren’t feeling well, and it may result in your son or daughter feeling stressed or anxious.
Although there may be many downsides to divorce litigation, it might be necessary if your spouse won’t negotiate in good faith. A judge will work to keep your spouse honest throughout the case, which may make it easier to obtain what you are entitled to in a settlement. It may be possible to reach a settlement even after a trial begins.