Your Day in Court

I came across interesting statistics regarding trials for family law matters. First, let me say that in a survey, citizens told the Judicial Council, the folks who run our courts, that what they want from family law is a chance to tell their stories and a fair process.

You will get neither.
There were 140,180 family law marital filings, and it is stated that 138,515 were disposed of before trial, 1,331 after trial. In other words, only .0096 percent of divorcing people had trials. The others settled in the hallway or cafeteria after two years or more of lawyering and cashing in savings to pay for it–or you were smart enough to have hired a mediator or used the self-help centers at the courts.


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