Settlement Negotiations & Agreements

Settlement Negotiations & Agreements

An Efficient Approach to Divorce & Family Law

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 negotiations differ from litigation because they reduce the back and forth communications between lawyers and allow for more efficient and productive communications.

The benefits of settlement negotiations are that they should save you time and money, and privately help you resolve all of your disputes with your spouse. 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 your divorce that is beneficial for you and your family.

Defining the Terms of Your Divorce

Settlement agreements are used to memorialize the terms of our clients’. Such agreements are contracts, so the drafting skills of the attorneys involved in the preparation of a settlement agreement are very important. We normally prepare our clients’ settlement agreements, although we are occasionally asked to review agreements that are prepared by the other party‚Äôs attorney.

Our goals in preparing or evaluating a settlement agreement are to accurately memorialize the terms of the parties’ agreement, to address as many issues and contingencies as possible, and to suggest possible solutions to potential future problems. Our clients always participate in the negotiation of settlement agreements. The terms and the effect of each of the settlement agreement provisions are explained to our clients in detail, as are the consequences of entering or not entering into the agreement.

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