In every conflict over spousal support both parties inevitably reach a point when they consider whether an agreement is better than going to court. Usually that point is not reached by both sides at the same time otherwise conflicts would probably settle quicker.
Generally, lawyers and judges would say that an agreement is better than taking the risk of going to Court. A Family Court Judge made the analogy that going to court is like getting into the trunk of a random car: you know you are going somewhere but will likely be surprised by the endpoint.
The Attorney General of British Columbia suggests that it is better to “come to a fair agreement on spousal support” rather than go to Court. The Attorney General webpage spells out the disadvantages of going to court as follows:
- Lack of control over the results in court;
- Cost in terms of money, time and stress; and
- Long delays in resolution of conflict.