We often hear from clients that they would prefer to avoid battling out their separation in court, due to the emotional and financial costs. On top of dealing with the breakdown of a relationship, the prospect of having to go to court is stressful for many. Unless they have already been through a divorce, the experiences of friends and family, and movies and other fictional depictions of divorce, are likely to reinforce this viewpoint.

This negative perception of divorce is enduring. Indeed, it's not a situation anyone chooses to be in, and once in that situation, most people want to escape it as quickly as possible. However, that is not always easy when caught up in divorce litigation, partly because ...

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