By Valerie L. Brown of Brown Law Firm Professional Corporation
There are many separating spouses that are able to make decisions regarding their family’s future together in a timely and amicable manner. Some are able to do this cooperatively and without the assistance of lawyers or mediators. Others need some assistance. The result is a plan going forward which is usually incorporated into a Separation Agreement. Both spouses participate in the negotiation of the Agreements and retain control over the outcome.
However, when one or both spouses are unable to act reasonably, discuss issues, and work together to resolve those issues even with the assistance of lawyers and mediators (and even financial and family professionals,) it may be necessary to have a judge or arbitrator make decisions for them. This can significantly delay resolution of important issues, sometimes for years. More