Family Law Litigation
When parties simply cannot agree on an reasonable resolution for their family law matter, then litigation will be the only option. In family law matters, the parties generally gather their evidence to prove their positions and this can be a lengthy process depending on the legal issues of the case. Some cases warrant temporary hearings and sometimes you may need to hire an expert to help develop and prove your position. Before final trial can be set, you will likely be ordered by the Court to attend mediation to attempt settlement. If you cannot settle your case, trial is then scheduled.
When you go before a Judge, you ultimately have only a few hours to make your case to the Judge. The Judge, who does not know you and will only listen to and consider legally admissible evidence and legal oriented arguments, will then ultimately decide you and your children's future. Who you have next to you in the court room is important. Waddell & Waddell, PA has the court room skills and legal knowledge to provide you an effective presentation of your legal positions.
Litigation is a marathon and it is usually expensive. Due to evidence and documentation gathering required to prove and respond to each party's legal positions, it can be difficult to conclude the matter quickly. And, you cannot easily control what the other side is doing or what they want to litigate.
Waddell & Waddell, PA is here to help you plan and mitigate the expenses of litigation. While a definite prediction of the overall costs of your case is not possible, we are dedicated to helping you keep the costs down. We will encourage you to listen to our advice for cost saving tips, when we help you evaluate which legal positions and goals are reasonably affordable and achievable for you, and when you are given notice your emotions are causing avoidable expenses.
The key to an effective and less costly case is to 1) hire an attorney with court room experience and legal knowledge to advocate on your behalf, 2) tell the truth and be open with your attorney, 3) ask questions and listen to the advice and recommendations of your attorney, 4) always act respectfully toward the opposing party and counsel; and f) most importantly, understand it will take patience to allow the proceedings to play out.
Contact us to discuss your case.