Most television shows and movies would have you believe that divorce cases always involve a courtroom trial. In reality, divorce cases rarely make it to trial. It is certainly possible that a divorce case is resolved through a trial, but much more often, the spouses are able to negotiate a settlement.
Sometimes, the spouses are able to reach a settlement through mediation or by simply discussing the relevant divorce issues. In contested cases, a settlement is often reached through the spouses’ respective attorneys. The end result of a successful settlement negotiation is a Marital Settlement Agreement outlining the determinations regarding property division, child support, spousal support and child custody.
Marital Settlement Agreements in Illinois
Reaching a settlement is highly preferred over going to trial. Divorce trials are expensive, stressful, and public. Most people want to avoid divulging personal or financial information to the general public. Furthermore, by their very nature, trials are adversarial. This can be especially problematic if the divorcing spouses share children and will need to continue being involved in each other 's lives. Negotiating a settlement during a divorce case is not easy, but with the right legal support, it is possible in most cases....