Divorce and Family Law Litigation
Sometimes it's necessary to go to court. It may be necessary if one spouse is moving assets to hide them or limit access to them. It may be necessary if children are not being supported properly. It may be necessary if there is violence. It may be necessary if one parent is interfering with the other’s access to children. It may be necessary just to have litigation deadlines that will force a person to address important issues. It may be necessary to have certain powers of court—including the subpoena power—available to obtain information.
Litigation can take a long time. In Montgomery County, MD, for example, if there are certain custody issues, the case is split into two cases. There is a custody trial first, and a trial on property and financial issues later. In DC Superior Court, where family law matters are litigated, there are often significant scheduling delays.
People can be destructive. People can be irrational. People can fail to recognize the needs and rights of family members. So yes, there is a place for court. The “Philosophy” page of this website, however, elaborates on some of the pitfalls of relying on the court system.
This is not legal advice. Please read our "disclaimer" to understand why this information is not a substitute for legal advice.