Kitchen Table Process

When a couple with a dispute can sit down and talk about their problem in a productive way, they may be able to resolve their dispute using the “kitchen table” process.

  • Involves direct negotiation between the parties
  • Works best when parties have equal knowledge of facts and are not emotional
  • Works best when legal issues and facts are uncomplicated
  • Does not work as well if there is a “power imbalance” (example: one party is more dominant or rigid in his/her views)
  • Parties may or may not have lawyers
  • Parties may or may not exchange information relevant to the issues
  • Parties may or may not employ other experts to assist with information and advice
  • Lawyers are normally employed to draft settlement document and appropriate closing documents
  • Generally, the most economical way to resolve a dispute