My Friend’s Divorce Was Easy—Why Isn’t Mine?
Each divorce is unique. Many factors play into the length and difficulty of a case, including how contested each matter becomes.
Some of the factors that can affect the difficulty of your case include:
- Number and age of children
- Income of parties
- Assets of parties
- Debts of the parties
- Business & real estate interests
- Length of marriage
Dealing With Differing Situations
We understand it can be frustrating to see your friend wrap up their divorce in what seems like a matter of minutes, but ultimately you simply can’t compare your cases. It’s likely you aren’t aware of the full details of their case and the terms by which they came to an agreement. No two cases are identical.
By the same token, no two parties are alike, and it may be that your friend and his/her spouse were willing to compromise in an area where you and/or your spouse are not. While we encourage having a solid support system of family and friends to assist you throughout your divorce, be cautious discussing too many details with them, as you may find yourself bombarded with opinions you didn’t ask for.
By discussing strategy with your attorney, you can focus on how to progress your case, instead of focusing on how it differs from someone else’s.
Avoiding Going to Trial
Quite often, coming to a settlement comes down to one contested issue. If neither party is willing to budge, it can slow the progress of a case. Sometimes, issues are very complex or are simply too contested, requiring the parties to attend the trial, where a judge can make the final decision.
Although it may seem tempting to push your case straight to trial, it’s not that simple. The court has certain requirements your case must meet in order to qualify it for trial. It will also require a lot of work and preparation for your case to go to trial so your attorney is prepared to present your case in the best way possible. Trial is most definitely not a speedy process and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
At Burton Law, we have the experience and knowledge to help you in whatever stage of your family law case you find yourself in. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Michael B. Lundberg is a native of Logan, Utah. While in law school, Mike served as the Executive Articles Editor of the Journal of Law and Family Studies and was published in that Journal, as well as the Utah Law Review. During his third year, he also found time to serve as President of the James E. Faust Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.
Mike has worked in a wide variety of areas in the legal field. During law school he worked as an extern with the First District Court in Logan, and later as an extern with the Utah Court of Appeals in the chambers of Judge Carolyn McHugh. After graduation, he was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship to work with Christensen & Jensen, PC in Salt Lake City. He then spent 18 months working as a law clerk for the City Attorney in Park City. He joined Burton Law Firm after operating as a sole practitioner for two years. During this time, he also served on the board of the Utah Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar.