Divorce cases in Tennessee sometimes reach a critical juncture when the parties must decide whether they must take the case further or continue to work towards a settlement. Every person faced with this decision must be aware of the costs of litigation so that they do not take this decision lightly.

Litigation is expensive, and divorce trials are no exception. Costs add up quickly even in relatively minor controversies. Sometimes, matters that are headed towards trial can be resolved much more cheaply with an end result that is satisfactory to all.

At the same time, trials also elicit heated emotions. These may take some time to recede after the trial is over if they go away at all. Things are said and done that people regret, and hurt feelings may linger.

However, there may be some circumstances that make a trial a necessity that cannot be avoided. Sometimes, litigation is unavoidable when one spouse feels the need to play hardball or to be unreasonable. In that case, the legal process exists to protect the other party and to make sure that their rights are protected. However, it is not always that clear-cut and the choice is often a difficult one.

Those going through a divorce and wanting to know if their particular case is one that is a candidate for litigation should consult with a family law attorney. They can receive advice about ways to possibly settle their case and avoid court. If the case is one that must go to trial, the attorney would provide representation. The attorney may be able to help their clients throughout a divorce trial and consider the ramifications of each course of action as well as their financial and non-financial costs.