The family courthouse is different than any other kind of law: in a word, it’s a gamble. Beyond the financial expense, it is impossible to assess the risk before you are past the point of no return. No matter the facts of your case, the given is precious little time in front of the judge (who, by the way, has seen it all) to explain your side. Dawn and Carla have seen it, too, and have specific suggestions on how to navigate your divorce outside the courthouse whenever possible. Marriage is a complex dynamic human endeavor—it takes more than twenty minutes per side to scratch the surface. Listen to the tips of the trade from the ladies who know family law the best, and keep the big picture in mind.