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Sometimes there is no alternative but to go to Court.
If it is not possible to agree things - usually about the home or finances, it will be necessary to ask a Judge to make a decision for you.
Court proceedings are time consuming and expensive. They should be the last resort. You may like to consider family arbitration as an alternative to court proceedings. This can be much quicker and more focused.
Many solicitors start court proceedings while trying to negotiate a settlement at the same time. This can sometimes save time and help to avoid delay. Your solicitor will discuss this with you first, as it is very much your choice.
On divorce, court proceedings are necessary if:
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