Will we have to go to court?
No. The court system is only one method of attempting to resolve matrimonial matters, among many other methods. In fact, lawyers have an obligation and duty to draw to the attention of the individual they are representing and to discuss with him/her the possibility of negotiating the matter, and to inform that individual of alternative dispute resolution methods that may be of assistance. In other words, the court system should be the very last method of resolution. In terms of alternative dispute resolution methods, there are many, ranging from negotiating with or without the assistance of solicitors, to mediation, to arbitration, to collaborative law methods. Lawyers can and will assist their clients in determining which of the above methods is most suitable and appropriate in their case.
See Also: Steps in an Uncontested Divorce