My friend's ex-partner is trying to have a property settlement before the custody of children battle is finalised. At the moment, she has full custody of the four children and has had full custody for approximately nine months. Some months back a judge dismissed a settlement attempt, saying that the custody hearing had to be finished before settlement could be considered. The custody hearing continues in about a month. J's ex-partner has a lawyer who delivered to J' a document of intention to settle. J' is not in any position to hire a lawyer. I would assume that the judge will delay the settlement until after the custody hearing is finished. However, it is quite worrying that J's ex-partner has hired a lawyer to proceed with settlement., What is your experience with something like this? Given that J' can't hire a lawyer, what should he say to the judge? Thank you for your help. P, on behalf of J and his four children.