When a couple is getting divorced in Alabama, they must make a number of decisions. Among the most important considerations is whether to take the case all the way to trial or settle the matter. Before opting for a trial, a couple should be aware of the costs of that selection.
Divorce trials are often expensive
The first cost of a divorce trial is the financial one. Anytime someone goes into court, there are fees for both the lawyer and the court itself. These costs can add up quickly, even for a relatively straightforward trial. Nevertheless, if one side is being completely intransigent and unreasonable, the other party may be left with no choice but to incur those costs because the alternative would be even more costly.
Going to court can be stressful
A trial will also have negative effects not related to money. Court actions are stressful no matter what due to the stakes and the need for possible testimony in front of a judge. In addition, if the parties must maintain a relationship after the divorce because they have children, a trial could make it difficult to repair that relationship. However, these should not be automatic reasons to not go to trial if there is a better outcome that is worth the costs, both financial and non-financial.
Following legal advice
A family law attorney could lay out both the costs and benefits of a possible trial so that a client can make an informed decision about whether to continue working toward a settlement or to take the case to court. They should never rule out going to trial because this could give them leverage in a possible settlement. At the same time, they must be aware that divorce trials are not easy and can cost a lot of money.