Where couples desire to keep their divorce out of court, their case can be managed in a way that encourages private settlement.
The great many of all divorces resolve in private settlement. Where both parties and their lawyers are willing to work toward settlement, the divorce can be kept out of the courtroom. With two reasonable, experienced lawyers representing each side, there’s a good chance each party will walk away with an acceptable settlement without ever stepping inside a courtroom. I work to negotiate and settle cases to save our clients the time, money, and conflict that it takes to go to court.
Many couples pursue private settlements because they wish to approach divorce in the most amicable manner possible. But, even if your marriage has ended with acrimony, there are practical reasons why negotiating a settlement may be in your best interests, rather than having the judge make the decisions for you.
Control over Outcome
Particularly in cases of high net worth divorces, neither party is likely to truly benefit when important questions of property division and alimony are left to little more than a family judge’s discretion. By engaging in direct negotiations with your spouse and his or her counsel, we can take greater control over the process and, in doing so, be more likely to come out with an agreement that protects your most vital interests.
A private settlement process offers clients privacy and discretion over personal matters. This is especially important when going through high-stakes and potentially high-profile litigation. A settlement agreement can be structured so that the terms of property division remain outside the view of the general public, affording clients a much greater degree of privacy than is available in traditional litigation.
Cost and Time Saving
Too many divorces end up being cases of “winning the battle, losing the war” because issues are needlessly litigated. Pursuing a settlement agreement allows parties to bypass unnecessary litigation to get to the heart of essential legal issues.