Mutualizing can simply be thought of as the reframing of issues or goals in a way that all parties can agree to. For example, if one parent says: 'I want the child living with me full time because that's what's best for my daughter." The other parent may then say: ''I want our daughter living with me half time and half time with you because that would be best for her." The professional then might say: 'It's pretty clear to me that both of you want to develop a plan that will be best for your daughter--you disagree at this point about what plan would be best but you share the common goal of making the best plan for her. Can we all agree about that?'" Instead of emphasizing the different positions and goals the solution-focused professional mutualizes the preferred future.