Can a lawyer help me if I am not going to court?

Most family law cases are settled out of court. Few cases that are started end up getting to trial, even where lawyers are involved. Family lawyers often help their clients settle their family disputes out of court, through negotiation, mediation or collaborative law.

Family lawyers help you reach agreement and draft an agreement for you and your spouse to sign that will be binding. Most family law agreements are filed with the court and enforced like a court order.

Many family lawyers are also mediators, parenting co-ordinators or arbitrators. They often help find a way to reach a settlement out of court that meets your needs.