The vast majority of cases are settled without a judge having to make a decision. Reaching agreement out of court has a far higher rate of success and is much more attractive than a judge imposing a decision which, in all likelihood, neither party is happy with. In addition, reaching agreement out of court generally takes much less time and money than the pursuit of a court-based approach. Out of court methods can also help to avoid rifts developing between the parties involved due to direct communication, with both sides working through the issues together. It can also benefit future communication and relationships, which is important for all family members – especially any children involved.