Should I Have a Jury Hear my Divorce Case?

Except for the possible exception of Georgia and Texas, in most states there is no right to a jury to hear your divorce disputes. Often it is the judge who is both judge and jury. Apparently, some states do allow a jury though, in some aspects such as fault or entitlements and child support but notably not for issues like custody. According to this blog:

In most states, there is no right to a jury trial in dissolution actions.  Only eleven states allow juries in any aspect of divorce litigation (Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin).  Most of these limit the right to a jury to try issues regarding grounds or entitlement for divorce only.   Texas provides jury trial rights most broadly, including even the right to a jury trial on questions regarding child custody. (For citations, see the annotation on the subject at 56 A.L.R.4th 955).

So it seems in Texas, the use of juries is more commonplace and there are more issues that can be heard by juries including custody which normally is not the case. By contrast, under Georgia law, one or both parties have to request a jury trial in writing and once that request is made, a jury trial will be appointed but issues like custody cannot be heard by a jury in Georgia. Only a judge is the trier of facts and law in such aspects of a divorce case in Georgia:

Under Georgia law, “Unless{…} a jury trial is demanded in writing by either party on or before the call of the case for trial, in all petitions for divorce and permanent alimony the judge shall hear and determine all issues of law and of fact and any other issues raised in the pleadings.” Thus, if either spouse in a divorce case requests a jury trial, that spouse will generally be awarded a jury trial, absent any extenuating circumstances. It is important to note thought that both parties must agree to a trial by judge. If one party opts for a jury trial, then that is his or her right and will be how the case will be tried.

Jury trials in Georgia are limited to issues involving child support, alimony and attorneys fees.
Is a jury the right solution for you? It depends on your situation and your taste. It certainly will open you up to a lot of prying eyes since usually there will be twelve members of the jury panel plus the judge and court personnel who will hear all the tawdry details of your life. Is this something you are prepared to deal with? It can also be a lot more expensive to have a jury trial because it takes more time and the longer it takes the more your divorce attorney will bill your retainer. Furthermore, having a jury could open you up to less bias than if a judge is the trier of fact because there are more people to spread the biases around and ultimately it evens out whereas if a judge dislikes one party in the case and he or she is the only thing between you and a bad, unfavorable decision, then the appeal of the jury is readily discernible.
It really is up to you