Schedule A “Four-Way Meeting” with Your Divorce Lawyer

A Four Way Divorce Meeting for Negotiation

Typically in a divorce process (at some point), the attorneys will schedule what’s called, a “four-way meeting.” Four-way meetings are usually held when both clients and the attorneys have been supplied with enough information to speak intelligently about the case. The goal of a four-way conference is to create a setting outside of court wherein the parties may negotiate together. These meetings typically take place at one of the two attorney’s respective offices.

At these meetings, the attorneys attempt to resolve all of the outstanding issues in the case. Clients are, of course, an integral part of this process. Sometimes at these four-way conferences one of the attorneys and/or their clients can become discouraged. If that is the case, then it is recommended that the parties take a break, collect their thoughts and reconvene with a goal of continuing to work together towards achieving an agreement that is acceptable to all parties.

It should be noted that any and all “settlement discussions” that take place in the four-way conference are deemed to be “non-evidentiary”. What this means is that what is said at the four-way conference may not later be revealed to the Court. The rationale behind this is that the Court does not want to impede settlement discussions or stand in the way of having the litigants try to resolve their disputes without judicial intervention.

Complete Disclosure

For a four-way conference to be productive, a complete disclosure of all relevant financial information is required. A four-way conference may be a good way for the parties to create a constructive dialogue as opposed to having a court decide every issue of a case inclusive, but not limited to, financial issues, custody issues, parenting time issues and division of property issues.

Less Costly Than A Trial

Less than approximately three (3%) percent of divorce cases are concluded by way of an actual trial. Instead of spending significant resources gearing up for an event that never actually takes place, it makes more sense from a financial and emotional perspective for the litigants and the attorneys to invest their efforts in an attempt to resolve their differences as opposed to spending time, emotional energy and financial resources on an event (i.e., a trial) that will most likely not occur.

Call Villani & DeLuca for Divorce Advice

The law firm of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. and partner, Vincent C. DeLuca, Esq. are strong proponents of resolving divorce cases through negotiation and four-way conferences. Should you have any questions relative to mechanisms that can be employed to amicably resolve your divorce, whether it be by mediation, collaborative law or arbitration, please feel free to contact partner, Vincent C. DeLuca, Esq., who has been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as an economic mediator.  Call 732-965-3350 today.

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