When it comes to family law disputes in Illinois, Missouri or anywhere else in the country, it is a basic truism to note that simply girding for battle with your soon-to-be ex in court is not the only game in town.
Generally speaking, that is. Sometimes, in fact, taking matters to a judge in the austere and clinical confines of a courtroom is indeed the best of all available options. Couples frequently underestimate the intractability of a problem. With certain family law challenges, for example (a bitter property dispute comes to mind), there may be virtually no way to come to a binding legal agreement through recourse to an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process such as mediation or collaborative law.
In other words, the discretionary -- and impressive -- power of a judge is sometimes needed to help couples reach conclusion on a matter that they would otherwise flounder resolving.