Divorce Options: Litigation

Traditional divorce depends heavily on litigation to force a divorcing couple into agreement over the terms of their divorce. Each spouse hires an attorney to fight on their behalf, to gain the best deal they can while protecting their assets and their time with their children. Spouses are not required to talk to each other during this process. If spouses cannot agree on a final settlement the case goes to court and a judge will decide on the terms of the divorce for them. The most expensive option, neither spouse ultimately has much control over the final results, though traditional divorce is still the best choice for those who need the protection of litigation (often because of major power imbalances in their relationship, the most extreme example of which is domestic violence) or for couples who simply cannot agree on anything.