Mediation and/or negotiation can reduce your costs significantly and generally lead to a more satisfactory resolution of the problems. Occasionally, however, it is necessary to involve the family law courts and have a judge decide the issues. I no longer include litigation as part of my practice, as I have found that over 90% of my clients are able to settle their issues without resorting to litigation. If, however, litigation becomes necessary, I will refer clients to counsel who can assist with this process.