Divorce Lawyer in Atlanta
Hi, I’m Dave Ward from the Ward Law Firm and I protect the small business owner who’s facing divorce. In this series, we’re talking about the top 10 mistakes that we see people make when they’re facing a divorce in Georgia. Number 9 on our list is refusing to try and settle the case out of court. This decision again like many of the other mistakes that we’ve talked about is almost invariably the result of the strong emotions that come along dealing with the divorce situation. However, this mistake is huge on a number of levels. First and foremost, an important statistic that I think is important for people to know is when you’re talking about a divorce, 90 plus percent of divorce cases settle and there are a number of reasons for this.
The first reason, and people don’t often think about this at the outset, a divorce case can be expensive just by itself. A divorce trial is extraordinarily expensive. Most family law attorneys, myself included, handle things on an hourly basis so the things that take up more time are invariably going to be more expensive and with all the preparation that goes into play, interviewing witnesses, preparing opening statements, closing statements, it’s extremely time consuming and becomes very, very, very, very expensive extremely quickly and probably more importantly and this is the one that people overlook or don’t think about but experience has shown us that people who are able to reach a settlement agreement in their divorce case are invariably happier with the result than are people who take their case to trial and let the judge decide. Part of that comes from knowing that you had a hand in deciding what was going to be happening to you and what was going to be happening in your life. So it’s a critical mistake that we always talk to people about when they come in and see us for their case analysis. Make sure that when you’re considering the process of a divorce and you’re moving through it that you remain open to the advantages that can come from entering settlement negotiations or even mediating your case. It can make a tremendous difference both during the divorce and after.
I’m Dave Ward from the Ward Law Firm and I help protect business owners who are facing divorce in Georgia. Contact us today!