Keon Family Law

A prior article explored the enforceability of oral settlement agreements reached by attorneys outside their clients’ presence. One of the requirements for enforcement concerned the attorneys’ vested authority to enter into the settlement agreement.(1) But what happens when a party has not in fact...

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Divorce and other domestic proceedings, like virtually all civil actions, often end through settlements negotiated by the parties’ attorneys. When the clients are present, or when the negotiations occur via written exchanges approved by them, questions rarely arise concerning the attorneys’ authorit...

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An oft occurring issue in divorce actions concerns the enforceability of settlement agreements. For various reasons, after the parties have successfully mediated their disputes or their attorneys have agreed on terms of settlement, one spouse will balk at signing the formal written agreement prepare...

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Overview

Mediation is an effective process in which a neutral third party tries to help a divorcing couple come to consensus on their legal issues. Each party and their attorney are generally in one room and the spouse and the spouse’s attorney are in another room so that people can speak freely...

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