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Do I Have to Go to Court?

Video: Do I Have to Go to Court?

By: Steven Benmor, B.Sc., LL.B., Family Lawyer

Jurisdiction: Ontario (Canada)

Well, lately there is more of a movement towards not going to court and if you think about it, the reason why people actually go to court is because they have a problem. In Family Law, people go to court because they have a problem with their spouse and they want to have certain rights determined by a judge. So, the question becomes do you have to go to court to get a resolution to your problem. And the answer is yes, there are alternatives and people are progressively using those alternatives to the court system as options. … You do not need to have a judge make a decision for you. Most times people are both mutually motivated to accomplish the same goal which is to get a resolution to their problem in an inexpensive and fairly quick fashion. … Court is the opposite of that. Court is long, and exepensive. … And also unpredictible whereas if people go to these alternatives like mediation or a new concept called collaborative family law or just straight negotiation through lawyers, those options allow someone to actually … (click here for more)

Steven Benmor

(’First Take Live’ video clips courtesy of Dan Carter Productions. Original Broadcast: 2007) About the author: Steven Benmor practices Family Law in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Visit Steven Benmor’s online Family Law Resource Center for concise answers to many more frequently asked Family law questions, feature articles on Family law topics, dozens of links to other Family law websites, and more at The information on this page is for discussion purposes only. It is by no means legal advice or even a statement of the law on this subject. Please do not rely on the accuracy or completeness of this information. Any question or concern elicited by the information on this page should be taken to a lawyer who will consider the facts of each case and the legal remedies available.