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Four Reasons To Keep Your Divorce Out Of Court


It is easy to think that when getting a divorce, you will face a long and difficult legal battle in the courtroom. Fortunately, that is likely not going to be a reality. The majority of divorce cases in Delaware County settle outside of the courtroom, whether couples are able to reach an agreement on their own, or they use an alternative dispute resolution method, such as mediation, to resolve their issues. These options are typically better for individuals, as keeping a divorce out of court has many benefits. The top four of these benefits are below.

You Control Your Future

When you take your divorce to court and it becomes litigated, you surrender all control over the process. Decisions made in a litigated divorce are made by the judge and the judge alone. While you can argue your case and tell your side of the story, it does not mean that outcomes will necessarily be in your favor.

You Can Keep Details Confidential

Sometimes, the details of a divorce case are messy and in some cases, they are even embarrassing. Couples in these situations may benefit from the fact that settlement agreements and mediated agreements can be kept confidential. If you go through a litigated divorce, the court records become public and anyone can look them up if they choose to.

You Can Create a Customized Child Custody Plan

Divorces that involve children are some of the most difficult, and coming to a custody arrangement in court is often difficult. A judge will usually apply a formula to a child custody situation, which can make it much more difficult to obtain an arrangement that is customized to suit the needs of you and your family. After a litigated divorce, it is not uncommon for all parties to be unhappy with the child custody arrangement, but this is avoidable when you keep your divorce out of the courts.

You Can Save Time and Money

Litigated divorces can take months, and sometimes even years, before they are final. This is largely because the proceedings depend on the schedule of the court. However, a mediated divorce can be finalized in just a matter of weeks, so you can move forward in your new life more quickly. When you take your divorce to court, you will also pay additional court fees and attorneys sometimes charge a higher rate if your case goes to trial. The same costs that make litigation so expensive are not existent when you go through mediation or reach an agreement outside of the courtroom.

Our Family Lawyer Can Help with Your Case

Even when you reach an agreement with your spouse outside of the courtroom, it is still important to work with a Philadelphia family lawyer. At the Law Offices of Lauren H. Kane, our knowledgeable attorney will negotiate with the other side to reach an agreement quickly so your divorce is finalized as soon as possible. Call us today at 215-918-9453 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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