A negotiated settlement means the parties reach agreements between themselves with the assistance of their attorneys. This is done in the privacy of a conference room and outside of a public courtroom. Once the agreements are reached they will be written up in proper legal form for the parties to sign and for filing with the court. Should the negotiations become stalled, it can be helpful to bring in a trained mediator to help the parties and their lawyers to reach agreements.

Female divorce attorney, Elizabeth Brown has served as the mediator to help break the “log jam” and has also utilized the assistance of a third party mediator if there is a breakdown in negotiations. Both of these methods of negotiated settlement are preferable to litigation where the parties give up their power to a judge who has limited time and will never know enough about a family’s situation or needs.

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