While negotiations is an integral part of every dispute resolution process, often solicitor negotiations without the use of other processes will lead to resolution of all issues. Where there are fairly complex financial and parenting issues, I generally find that clients benefit financially and emotionally from using negotiations in the context of mediation or collaborative family law.
If you hire me as your lawyer and collaborative family law is not feasible, I will almost always recommend you attend mediation with another professional mediator in order to minimize your legal fees. In doing so, I will take a back seat role and assist only with questions or concerns that arise in between mediation sessions and in providing independent legal advice on any agreements reached in mediation. Occasionally but rarely, where complex issues arise mediators may request the presence of lawyers at one or more mediation sessions.
I recognize that mediation is not always appropriate or desirable and can assist you in determining your specific process needs.