What is a Negotiated Settlement?

What is a Negotiated Settlement?

Many couples looking to have the divorce process go as seamlessly as possible opt for a negotiated divorce. What is a negotiated divorce? A negotiated divorce settlement is an agreement crafted between the two parties with the assistance of their attorneys, and it is a very effective way to resolve a divorce. Negotiated divorce settlements appeal to couples who prefer to work directly with one another and avoid court intervention. How does a negotiated settlement work, and how long does it take to negotiate a settlement? The skilled family law attorneys at Conniff & Keleher explain the basics below.

How Does a Negotiated Settlement Work?

How do lawyers negotiate settlements? Unlike divorce mediation, each party is represented by his or her own family law attorney and there’s no independent facilitator. An option in a negotiated divorce settlement is to use a collaborative divorce process which uses collaboratively trained attorneys. For couples who want to negotiate directly with one another, the process of a negotiated settlement can be very appealing. A couple often has a clear understanding of how the marital assets should be divided, how the parenting -time (or visitation) should be shared, and what the family support (either child support or alimony, also known as maintenance) should be. And using the collaborative divorce process in negotiated settlements can be value added.

What are the benefits of a negotiated settlement? Well-structured settlement negotiations between the parties can produce mutually beneficial agreements. In a negotiated divorce, the parties will either negotiate between themselves or through their divorce attorneys, or collaboratively trained professionals. How do lawyers negotiate settlements? One of the party’s divorce attorneys will craft a negotiated divorce settlement and present it to the other attorney. The attorneys will then negotiate with each other, under the direction of the clients, to reach a negotiated divorce settlement.

If you are thinking of a negotiated settlement, also consider the advantages of a collaborative divorce. In a collaborative divorce, you and your spouse, with the assistance of collaboratively trained professionals can help you reach agreements creatively, kindly, and respectfully.

How Long Does it Take to Negotiate a Settlement?

How long does it take to negotiate a settlement? Negotiated settlements are ideal for couples who are able to agree on the major issues in their divorce. Accordingly, negotiated settlements are best suited for amicable divorces and uncontested divorces.

Since the court isn’t called upon to resolve disputes between the parties in a negotiated settlement, the cost of a negotiated settlement will more than likely be substantially less than a litigated divorce. Further, without the lengthy delays inherent in litigation, a negotiated settlement may also allow a couple to reach a finalized divorce agreement in much less time. And using collaboratively trained attorneys can ensure that the negotiated divorce proceeds kindly, and respectfully, and with a focus on creative outcomes.

Is a Negotiated Settlement Right for Me?

Is a negotiated divorce the right approach for you and your spouse? Ask yourself the following questions:
– Are you able to communicate civilly or even amicably with your spouse?
– Are you trying to reduce attorney fees and court costs as much as possible?
– Do you have time-sensitive plans, such as getting remarried, and don’t want to draw out divorce proceedings for longer than necessary?
– Do you value your privacy and don’t wish to have your divorce documented and made a public record as a litigated case?
– Do you want your divorce process to be kind and respectful with a focus on creative outcomes?

Rely on Conniff & Keleher for Knowledgeable Representation

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, a negotiated divorce might be an option to consider. Contact our family law attorneys at Conniff & Keleher for expert legal guidance and to learn more about negotiated settlement vs. litigated divorce, and the benefits for you and your family in having a collaborative divorce.

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