Divorce is stressful both financially and emotionally, and while settlement is preferable, there are times when a reasonable compromise cannot be reached or instances when a party will not live up to his or her obligations. It may be necessary to litigate an issue or the entire case. Ms. Setzer will always consult with you prior to litigating to discuss the cost-benefit and the risk-reward.
Litigation is when formalized pleadings are prepared on a client’s behalf and submitted to the court for consideration. The parties and their attorneys appear before a judge or commissioner at an appointed time and place. Sometimes testimony of the parties or third party witnesses is taken. The parties argue different facts and points of law. At the conclusion of the hearing or trial, the judicial officer will make a ruling on the issues before him or her.
Ms. Setzer is an aggressive, experienced advocate. She has litigated hundreds of cases in the family law area and has taken the testimony of many custody and financial experts as well. Ms. Setzer prepares thoroughly, and is not only familiar with your case, but is familiar with the law, judicial officers, court procedures and rules.