Although we'd never know it from the coverage of some high-profile divorces with couples fighting it out in court -- not to mention in the media -- over money and child custody, the vast majority of divorces do not go to trial. Experts estimate that over 90 percent are settled out of court, even when the financial stakes are high.
Family law attorneys say that for a number of reasons, it's preferable for a couple to settle their divorce outside of a courtroom. For one thing, a divorce trial can be a stressful and emotional experience. It can also be costly.