Negotiated Settlement

 If a couple opts for an attorney-negotiated settlement, each party hires an attorney to represent them.

The clients negotiate what they can, and the attorneys negotiate with each other on the outstanding issues in order to reach a settlement. They contact their clients as necessary. Sometimes, four-way meetings are held.

With attorney-negotiated settlements, Friend of the Court often interviews each spouse and holds hearings. It's also possible that an expert will be called in to perform a custody evaluation.

Advantages of attorney-negotiated settlements:

Disadvantages of attorney-negotiated settlements:

*Courtesy of Nicholas Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach and Buiteweg, P.C.