This should be viewed as an option of the last resort, not sought unless no other options are available.
In litigation, a judge or jury will make the important decisions regarding your family and your property. Litigation is costly and time-consuming and tends to exacerbate the emotional issues involved in a divorce. Damage to the family relationship done in litigation usually cannot be undone. However, in some cases, usually when one party is unreasonable or irrational, litigation is necessary.