Matters that cannot be resolved through collaborative law or negotiations must be litigated. Litigation is often the costliest and least efficient way of proceeding.
At the beginning of litigation, attorneys exchange discovery and may ask for evaluations of real properties, businesses, or professional practices that are relevant to the marriage.
Further, there are usually issues relating to spousal support and child support. Additionally, expenses such as medical insurance, child care, school expenses, etc. need to be addressed, in addition to parenting time with the children during the pendency of the lawsuit.
Trials can take days or even weeks to complete. Attempts are made to settle, but if settlement is unsuccessful, the matter will be set down for trial.