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It is NOT LEGAL ADVICE nor a replacement for talking to a lawyer
and getting legal advice about your case.
The law can be complicated and the details of a case
can be even more complicated!
There are exceptions for every rule.
What you do not know can harm you. Do not rely on general legal information.
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There are better ways of resolving family law disputes than litigation. It can be slow, frustrating, stressful, and expensive.
However, sometimes court is necessary:
to compel the other party deal with the issues
– “to come to the table”
to impose a decision – if the parties cannot agree
to have an enforceable order
some results require an order, for example:
parenting responsibilities to non-parents
Although a court proceeding is started, the focus is still on negotiating a settlement. The court proceeding provides structure than can help with the negotiations. Mediation can still be helpful in resolving issues.