Will my family law case be like others I heard about?

Whether your case involves divorce or some other family law matter such as modification of support or enforcement of an order, it will not be exactly like others you may have heard about. Your case could and probably will be different. Each case is unique.
Family law cases are very fact specific. The facts in one case can be very different from another case. How the law applies to the specific facts involved is one reason each case is unique. In addition, there are the personalities of everyone involved – the human factor. A case can proceed fairly quickly or more slowly; along a smooth or bumpy path. The way a case unfolds depends, in part, on the personalities involved. Is there cooperation or stonewalling, a desire to resolve matters in a reasonable fashion or a desire to continue to argue?
Tying to compare what may or is happening in your case to what happened in a case involving a friend, family member, or acquaintance can lead to frustration and misunderstandings. The facts and circumstances of your case will differ from those in other cases. Whether the differences are slight or great, the result is that your case will be unlike others.
If you are facing the possibility of a divorce, for instance, it is important that you obtain accurate information. Rather than relying on what others tell you about their experience, learn about what laws apply to your situation. In addition, gain an understanding of what to expect if you chose to proceed with handling the case as a traditional divorce, a collaborative divorce, or through mediation. Each dispute resolution method has its own strengthens and weaknesses. When it comes time to choose a method, it is important to remember the need to consider the personalities and issues involved because not every method is appropriate for every case. Speaking with a lawyer of your choice can help you obtain information you need to make the choices you think are best for you.