Family law matters are best settled when the parties and their lawyer agree to provide one another with all of the information required to allow the solicitors to properly advise their respective clients on the issues raised by the relationship breakdown and the settlement options.
Mr. Coderre believes that when issues cannot be resolved, it is best to attempt to negotiate and address the issues in the context of a private settlement meeting where the parties and their lawyers negotiate with the assistance of a qualified family law lawyer / mediator. This type of setting has proven to be less confrontational, more comprehensive and more focused on the issues.
The approach to any case is discussed with the client. Depending on the case, there are times when litigation is the only option available. Ultimately, the decision to negotiate or litigate lies with the client once he/she has been presented with various options or, alternatively, left with no option because there is no cooperation from the other party.