The vast majority of family cases are settled out of court. Settlement negotiations may take place through face-to-face meetings between the clients or with attorneys. The most efficient way to negotiate is directly with your spouse or partner. Settlement negotiation differs from litigation because it reduces the back and forth letters writing between lawyers and allows for more efficient and productive communication.
The benefit of settlement negotiations is that it could save you time and money. The downsides are that direct settlement negotiations can be stressful for the parties and such negotiations do not include any formal commitments or guidelines for either party or attorneys, such as exist in the Collaborative Process, which has guidelines, statutes, and rules that govern the process.
Regardless of the method used to help you resolve your family matter, our goal is to help you make informed decisions so you can create a future after divorce that is beneficial for you and your family.