Litigation is the process of resolving your issues through the court.
Litigation resolves conflicts and grants divorce settlement through an adversarial process and is often more expensive, time-consuming, and emotionally draining than the non-adversarial process of mediation.
When you file with the court and have not reached a settlement agreement:
You lose control of the decision making process.
Litigation is asking the judge to make your decisions for you.
You lose the flexibility in making any and all decisions.
The court's remedies are limited and do not provide solutions to many issues facing divorcing couples.
You no longer have the ability to deal with each other.
The litigation decision making process involves the judge and each of your lawyers.
You lose the flexibility of timing in which to reach any decisions.
Litigation is scheduled according to the judge and court schedule and not yours.