As mentioned throughout my website, I make every effort to resolve cases with a minimum of litigation. The following "story" illustrates that point perfectly.
Several months ago a wife and mother with 2 children retained me to represent her through her divorce. She advised me that it was going to be amicable. Of course I welcomed that but was also sceptical, as many clients voice that sentiment but the case becomes hostile when clients realize that the outcome is going to be less attractive than they thought.
In this particular case wife is a homemaker; husband has substantial assets and income. Most of the assets were pre-marriage in a fairly short term marriage. Husband hired a large Boston law firm to represent his interests. I was leary of this as such firms ordinarily make cases more complicated than necessary to increase fees. Happily that did not occur in this case. After thorough disclosure of assets and income of both parties, we were able to work with the attorney at the Boston firm to divise a settlement which was very favorable to my client.
In Court last week the Judge approved the agreement and the newly divorced couple walked out hand in hand. Not kidding. This kind of outcome is very possible if both parties are reasonable and they both have reasonable counsel.
So a "happy ending" in this particular case.