Is it better to settle?
The only won case is a settled case. Even if you have all the facts on your side, and the court gives you a good award, there is an appeal of right in divorce cases in Virginia to the Court of Appeals. In every case there is a time to settle, and there is a time when it is too late to settle. You just need to know when to hold and when to fold.
What happens if my spouse wants to appeal the result?
If your spouse appeals your victory, you will spend another year trying to defend what you were awarded, which will cost further and substantial attorneys fees.