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Reasons to Avoid Taking Your Divorce to Trial

You’ve probably heard before that it’s in your best interest to settle your divorce out of court, and to get as much done in mediation as possible. But why exactly is this?

Here are just a few of the biggest reasons why you should do everything you can to avoid going to trial with your divorce case.

  • Time: Divorces that go to trial take significantly longer than divorces accomplished through mediation or other collaborative efforts. In complex or contentious cases, the divorce might last more than a year, far longer than it otherwise would outside of court. A lot of this time will simply be spent waiting for open dates on the court calendar.
  • Money: The longer the divorce takes, the more expensive it becomes. You have to pay for your attorney’s time, as well as the time you take up in court. Costs increase exponentially when you go through a courtroom divorce.
  • Lack of control: The moment your case goes to trial, you forfeit control over the outcome of your case. In mediation and settlement negotiations, you have a much more hands-on role in determining the outcome and your future. In a trial, your future is in the hands of a judge, and all you can do is make the best arguments you can.
  • Stress: If you think mediation is stressful, wait until you get into a trial setting. The stakes become much higher, and the drawn-out process can take a toll on your physical and emotional health, as well as the mental health of your children.

 For more information about mediation and avoiding a trial in your divorce, contact an experienced Minnesota divorce lawyer at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

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  • "Tori had a thorough understanding of my situation and made excellent recommendations to resolve my concerns. She was persistent on communication and handled everything in a very timely manner. I would definitely hire her again in the future if needed." - M.K.

  • "With Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., it is like having a family physician. They are all knowledgeable, thorough, comforting, and the only call I need to make for all my legal needs for many years to come. No matter what the matter, I totally trust their advice and commitment to me and my family." - J.N.

  • "Mary from APH Law helped me thru a difficult divorce. She and the entire staff was there for me every step of the way helping me on what to do next. They listened to what I wanted and helped me achieve what matter the most to me in the divorce settlement." - Dana C.

  • "I chose APH after my initial consultation with Mary. I felt my best interest would be represented. The entire process went excellent, the attorneys and staff communicated effectively and efficiently with me throughout the process as they needed to. Being new to the legal process and verbiage, they walked me and talked me through the next steps and the jargon, I felt completely comfortable and represented. I hope I never have to use legal services again but if I do I will call Mary at APH Law and know that I will be taken care of." - Jeff M.

  • "Divorce is a time of emotion and stress. Mary Pfeifer , My lawyer was professional and compassionate. She was very informative through the process. Her insight helped me in my decisions. She worked hard to obtain a settlement which was fair to both parties. Though, I hope I won't need her help again. It is reassuring to know a good person that is willing to help." - Rod S.

  • "I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.

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