This is probably the most important aspect of domestic relations practice. It is in the best interests of both parties to reach an agreement if at all possible, because it will save them a lot of money, while at the same time giving them control over the outcome of the proceedings. Even more importantly, an amicable resolution often allows the parties to continue to get along separately in a cordial and positive manner that is certainly best for their minor children.
While all lawyers have what they might refer to as their standard boilerplate agreements, it is in the adapting of those basic agreements to the facts and circumstances of an individual client’s case where we most help our clients in obtaining the best possible resolution of what is otherwise an unfortunate situation. Negotiating is a fine art that takes years of experience to master, such that this is an area where a good lawyer can be invaluable to their client.