Many people, when faced with a divorce, dread the idea of having to go into court and putting their lives on public display. The good news is that in reality, very few divorce or custody cases ever see the inside of a court room. The way divorce or custody cases play out, is both parties start by filing their pleadings. These are basically their wish list. In short you are likely to avoid court during your divorce or custody case. Often times, the things people ask for in their starting paperwork are way out of line with reality, and attorneys even sometimes exaggerate that “wish list” as a strategy.
Often when both parties have a divorce attorney they will avoid court better than cases where there are no attorneys.
If the parties are able to work things out, then they never have to see a judge. Most cases settle before reaching the courthouse, particularly when both sides have a good divorce attorney. It’s somewhat ironic, as many people try to avoid hiring an attorney to help with their divorce because they are worried it will make them end up in court. The exact opposite is usually true. Hiring attorneys usually results in everything getting worked out more smoothly, so nobody has to trust in a judge to make the final decision over their future lives.
There are also cases where both sides are already agreeing to the terms of their divorce, we call these uncontested divorce cases. These cases can easily avoid going to court and our family law attorney can help make sure the paperwork is correct for a much lower fee than contested cases. We highly recommend that you read our articles on uncontested divorce to find out more about how these cases can be a peaceful, quick, and inexpensive option when both parties are on the same page.
Articles you may find useful concerning uncontested divorce:
- 5 Ways Uncontested Divorce Can Save Money
- Portland Family Law Attorney Tells You: Top 5 Secrets For Keeping Your Divorce Peaceful
- 3 Ways to Keep Your Amicable Divorce From Getting Ugly Even After You Hire an Attorney
- 5 Reasons to Hire an Attorney Rather Than Do Your Own Divorce or Custody Paperwork
Another article that may be helpful if your case is not going to be amicable is: Finding a Resolution in a High-Conflict Divorce
Tom Brasier is an experienced family law attorney practicing in the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, WA areas. Brasier Law is a divorce law firm with offices in Portland, Oregon and Clackamas, Oregon. You can contact us regarding your divorce, custody, or restraining order case at 1 (503) 855-4777 or by using the contact us form below.