Settlement Versus Trial: Family Law Attorney In North Shore, Massachusetts


When it comes to resolving a divorce, there is a disparity between public perception and the realities of divorce proceedings. Typically, divorce disputes are portrayed and perceived as being resolved in the courtroom. More than 90 percent of divorce disputes, though, are resolved through mediation and settlement.

Mediation and settlement are common because they can save money, reduce conflict and save time. However, when couples face difficult obstacles, or one party wishes to have a "day in court," courtroom litigation can be an effective or necessary option. Regardless of how your divorce dispute is resolved, it is essential to be prepared.

Attorney Annette L. Baker of the Boston area Law Office Of Annette Baker is highly experienced in resolving divorce disputes through litigation, mediation and settlement. Attorney Baker can work effectively both to prevent the expense and delay of courtroom litigation, and provide thorough and results-driven representation when litigation can't be avoided.

Working to Keep You Out of the Courtroom

At the Law Office Of Annette Baker, we find that two issues generally prevent couples from resolving issues outside of court:

  • An overly aggressive and cash-hungry attorney. Attorney Baker recently worked with a client who had fired her last lawyer. When we contacted the former attorney for information, he said "you just got retained, you can't settle the case," meaning that he thought we would make more money if we steered the case to trial, regardless of whether a trial was necessary.
  • Sticking points over child custody or property division, though often parties aren't as far apart as they think.

We pride ourselves on returning unused portions of retainers, and we will only pursue options that protect your best interests, not ours. And we have succeeded in helping dozens of couples find common ground on stubborn sticking points, thus avoiding the stress, cost and risk of trial. Learn more about our firm and your dispute resolution options by contacting our Beverly office.

Contact Us: You Have Dispute Resolution Options. We Can Help You Choose.

The Law Office Of Annette Baker is located in Beverly's Cummings Center, an award-winning restoration of the former United Shoe Machinery plant. The Cummings Center features free parking, easy access by the MBTA bus and North Shore commuter rail, and convenient access via routes 1-A, 62 or 128.

We accept all major credit cards, and we are easily reached: simply call 978-712-4268 or complete the online form on our contact us page.