Not necessarily. There are other options to resolve your dispute. Family law professionals including mediators, parenting coordinators, arbitrators, and collaborative family lawyers are able to assist in out of court resolutions.
Some of these professionals, such as mediators, are neutral – they will not advocate for either party but instead work on both parties’ behalf. Other family law professionals, such as collaborative family lawyers, provide an out of court solution while still ensuring that each party has their own advocate.
It is also important to understand that you are allowed to try more than one option, and if it does not work for you and your partner, you can always start a family law case in court to resolve your dispute.