Why put your life in the hands of a Judge-- someone who doesn’t know you and your family?

When collaborative divorce isn’t the right process for a family, we still strongly encourage clients to resolve their disputes in an amicable proceeding outside of court by reaching a negotiated settlement. We can help you in the process, as your attorney and advocate.

Negotiated settlements can be reached when both parties desire an amicable divorce and feel they can work together to come up with positive result for all. The parties, though their lawyers if they have them, exchange settlement proposals and negotiate until an agreement is reached.


  • It puts the power back into the hands of the families. You have more control of the outcome and are not subject to the judge’s ruling at trial.

  • Better and longer-lasting parenting agreements. If both parties own the settlement process, the agreement will last longer and be more durable.

  • A better example for the children. Parents who negotiate a settlement are more likely to remain cordial, working together for the good of the family. Model what you want your kids to become.

  • It’s not as emotionally taxing. Negotiating a settlement avoids the extreme emotional rollercoaster of having to go to court.

  • It’s much faster. Getting your case settled may take less than 3 to 6 months, whereas litigation can average 1.5-2 years before you have a trial.

  • It’s less expensive. Litigation can cost upwards of $20,000 per person.

  • It’s confidential. Unlike in the courts, discussions about finances and other personal information are not part of the public record or open to the public.

  • And offers more creative, fulfilling solutions. We’ll structure a plan to fit most any nontraditional work or life situation to achieve the most appropriate solution.

Ms. Harrington is trained te introduce unique solutions to marital disputes and help prioritize goals. Harrington Law can also represent you at any stage of the negotiation process.