Each spouse in a divorce proceeding may hire a lawyer to handle the divorce. Whether a person is negotiating a settlement or presenting a case to the court, he or she needs a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney to get the benefit of all the law has to offer. In litigated cases, lawyers represent one spouse in the traditional attorney-client relationship, which may involve trial or result in a negotiated settlement. Litigation in court may be costly from the financial and emotional perspective. However, certain family matters can only be resolved through litigation.