Saturday, March 23, 2013

IN A SETTLEMENT MEETING, THE PARTIES ARE IN CONTROL OF THE OUTCOME

I attended a settlement meeting yesterday.  The clients and their attorneys met for an hour and made a good faith effort to resolve their family law dispute but were unable to bridge the gap.  In the parking lot, on the way out, the former spouses began to talk once again.  I watched through a window as they stood there speaking to each other.  Ninety minutes later, they came back inside and announced that they had reached a settlement.

This is what can happen if parties to a family law dispute make the effort to speak to each other openly and honestly, but also calmly, respectfully, and amicably.  Sometimes the best thing the attorneys can do is just get out of the way.

 

Gary J. Frank is an Arizona Family Law Attorney, a Mediator, and and former Judge Pro Tem with over thirty years of experience in dealing with divorce, custody, and parenting issues in Family Court.  If you are in need of a consultation regarding any matter involving Family Law, contact us today.  You can reach us by telephone (602-383-3610), or by email at gary.frank@azbar.org, or through our website at www.garyfranklaw.com.  We look forward to hearing from you.