A very important part of the separation and divorce process is attempting to settle some or all of the issues arising out of the decision to end a marriage. Cases can be resolved before or after separation, after litigation is initiated, the day of any trial, or during a trial. Most cases will settle even if it initially appears that they will not. Litigation in divorce cases, especially when children are involved, can be expensive.
The expense of litigation is oftentimes a substantial factor that makes the parties take an interest in seriously working toward a mutual resolution of their differences. When litigation is initiated, most courts require the parties to attempt to settle custody issues and financial issues by ordering them to participate in mediation. However, there are other procedures which also attempt to do that.