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Should I settle my divorce or go to trial?

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2021 | Divorce |

There are multiple considerations for you if you are going through a divorce in Colorado. One of the most important is if you will settle your divorce out of court or take it to trial. There is no one good answer for this dilemma, and what is best for you depends on your situation.

There are definitely major advantages associated with settling. In many cases, these advantages include the divorce taking far less time and costing less money.

Why does trial divorce take longer?

One of the key reasons why trial divorce nearly always takes longer than settled divorce is because you have to wait for the court to hear your case. This could potentially take months on its own merit. In addition to waiting for the court to hear you, you will need to spend more time preparing with your attorney for a trial divorce as compared to a settled divorce.

Additionally, when the court has time to hear your case, you may need to take a considerable amount of time off of work to attend.

Why is trial divorce cheaper?

The more time you must spend with your attorney preparing for a trial, the more money you must pay him or her. Also, you must cover court costs if your trial takes place in a courtroom.

Many people believe that the major expenses associated with divorce only include potential alimony payments and child support. However, this is not the case. Trial divorce on its own can end up becoming very expensive. On the other hand, because settling happens out of court, a lot of expenses associated with divorce evaporate immediately.