Five way facilitated settlement meeting. This is a cumbersome title but it is the best I have come up with to date. Both lawyers and both clients attend a meeting chaired by a mediator.

I know - to clients this sounds expensive. The answer is - it depends.

Mediators want a consultation with both parties in advance, then there will be one, two, three or more sessions, then an agreement is drafted and the agreement is reviewed by two lawyers with their respective clients. There may be changes to the agreement.

Collaborative Family Law usually requires two meetings - sometimes more.

A five way meeting is a one time event. We set it for several hours. We all have all of the information we need. We go and listen to each other and come up with an agreement that we can all say yes to. We sign it that day.