- Family Law
- Dispute Resolution
Litigation in family law cases means trying disputed issues before a judge, who makes findings of fact and conclusions of law that the parties are bound to follow. The process can be time consuming, expensive and stressful and the results are often unpredictable. Sometimes, though, litigation is the only way to uphold your rights and protect those you love. At Needle | Cuda, our Fairfield County family law attorneys are skilled litigators with extensive trial experience. However, we are prudent in advising clients about using litigation as an option. When we recommend going to trial, you can be confident that our advice is based on our careful assessment of your situation.
Unfortunately, some divorces and other family law matters are highly contentious, raising significant impediments to negotiated solutions. Here are some red flags that that may signal the need for litigation:
Litigating a case can resolve an issue when a reasonable agreement cannot be achieved. Sometimes the only way to move forward or conclude a matter is to put the decision to a judge. Even where a case may ultimately be resolved by arbitration or mediation, the litigation process may provide helpful tools earlier in the process, such as orders on alimony, child support, counsel/expert fees and other financial issues while a case is pending. It also affords you the ability to formally seek discovery — requesting documents and other information and deposing witnesses — from the other party and even nonparties.
Litigation often takes longer than alternative dispute resolution. A litigated divorce can take years. Sometimes, however, a mediation may grow out of a litigation — for example, after resolution of certain disputed discovery issues. So, it’s important to consider the benefits and risks before committing to litigation. Our attorneys will thoroughly evaluate your unique situation and advise you on whether litigation is the right forum in your case.
Needle | Cuda in Fairfield County litigates a wide range of family law issues. We provide highly professional yet personal representation focused on delivering positive results. To reserve a consultation, call us today at 203-429-4151 or contact our Westport office online.