Cooperation Is Better Than Conflict in Family Law Cases

Before having a long out, arduous, emotion filled legal dispute with your former spouse or significant other, this is a reminder that it is better to work through your issues outside of the courtroom before having letting a judge decide your fate. A judge that decides your case has the responsibility of only considering the facts that are placed in front of him and applying the law to those facts. The judge does not have to take the special circumstances that you may have into consideration. At times, application of the law can result in a worse decision than if you spoke to the other party and tried to resolve your issues in an amicable way. So here are five reasons why you should work out your dispute with the other party before initiating a long court battle.

  1. Less stress

Among family law practitioners there is a saying along the lines of “In family law, you see good people at their worst.” Dealing with issues such as a divorce or child custody can be hard for anyone. Unlike other areas of law, emotions are involved which can make legal disputes more stressful than they normally would be. Further, such stress can adversely affect your health. By sitting down with the other party and trying to resolve your disputes in a calm, rational way, you can help relieve the stress you may face.

  1. Less expenses

Hiring professionals such as lawyers, therapists, private investigators, appraisers and so on can cost thousands of dollars. Also, even after the thousands of dollars are spent, there is no guarantee that you will attain the outcome you want. And even if you win, you may have spent so much money that the award you gain may not even be worth it.

  1. Less time

Litigation can take months or years. That is a long time to spend money, feel stressed and to feel angry at someone else. If you work through your issues with another party, you may be able to resolve your disputes after a meeting.

  1. More harmonious relationships

With litigation, a best case scenario is that someone “wins” while the other person “loses”. But in some situations, both parties can feel like they lost because neither side may have truly gotten the outcome that they wanted. By cooperation, you do not create feelings of bitterness between the parties.

  1. Better Outcomes

As previously mentioned, when the judge hears your issue he is largely not concerned with your individual circumstances. He hears the facts of your case, applies the law and makes his decision. Sometimes the law does not lead to the most equitable outcome or a result that is better than if the parties worked out the issues themselves.

Sometimes litigation is unavoidable. In some situations, it does not matter how many meetings you have; you and the opposing party will never see eye to eye. But litigation should be a last result. Before you reach that point, reach out to a skilled lawyer to assist you with your legal issue and work out the best deal possible for you before you undergo one of the most stressful experiences of your life.

If you are seeking a more amicable way to resolve your legal dispute or if you no longer want to negotiate and wish to pursue your lawsuit, please contact The Law Office of Ernest J. Edwards at 202-594-8283 or ernest@ernestjedwardslaw.com to get legal help today.

Notice: This is not legal advice. This article is attorney advertising and legal information. This information does not establish an attorney-client relationship, which is only formed when you have signed an engagement agreement. We cannot guarantee results; past results do not guarantee future results.