When a litigant loses a divorce case, the question of whether to appeal arises. Very few appeals succeed, and money consumed at trial and on appeal can often be put to much better use. Just as settlement is generally preferable to litigation, avoiding an appeal by reaching agreement has major advantages. For many divorcing couples, the combined attorney's fees exceed tens of thousands of dollars. Moving past bitterness and pursuing productive negotiation can result in saving a significant amount on your legal representation. The money can then be more advantageously devoted to providing a higher quality of life for all concerned, especially the children.