A lot of people think that divorce is battled out in court in front of a judge. While that happens in some of the most contentious cases, in most instances, resolution is negotiated without the need for litigation. But if your case is headed toward negotiations, you need to be armed with a strong legal strategy to ensure that you’re not taken advantage of in the process.
Key tips to prepare for divorce negotiations
There’s a lot of prep work that goes into divorce settlement negotiations. Here are some things that you should keep in mind as you move forward with your case:
- Turning to your emotions and dragging up past events, even those that are hurtful, can stall or completely derail settlement talks.
- Knowing all the facts of your marital estate, you spouse’s parenting abilities and your children will allow you to create a better roadmap to successful negotiation.
- Identifying areas where you’re willing to compromise is key, as you’ll have to give somewhere if you hope to find resolution.
- Taking a step back to focus on the issue at hand rather than your position and your desire to “beat” your spouse can lead to creative solutions that are fair and favorable.
- Finding resolution can be easier if you’re able to see from your spouse’s perspective, as you’ll be better positioned to negotiate in a way that they see as beneficial.
- Figuring out the best way to communicate with your spouse can ensure that positions are clearly conveyed and compromise is discussed while minimizing conflict.
Develop the legal strategy that positions you for success
There are various ways to approach your marriage dissolution. You have to find the one that’s right for you and gives you the best chance of securing a positive outcome. By taking the time needed to do so, you may increase your chances of reaching the outcome you want and that’s necessary to successfully turn to a new and brighter chapter in your life.