Follow these basic guidelines to negotiate a divorce settlement
Filed in Divorce, on July 18, 2017
Many people view divorce as a “winner take all” fight to the death. Others feel it is a chance to get even or expose the other spouse for the lazy, good for nothing person he or she really is. Those who hold these views often find themselves broke and unhappy with the result when the divorce is final, blaming their spouse or the attorneys.
If you are a person with these views, you are headed for a very expensive and lengthy divorce. The key to exiting a marriage emotionally and financially intact is to negotiate a settlement that each party can live with. Each party will have to make concessions in exchange for the things they really want. In my almost 20 years of divorce practice, I find that making reasonable concessions not only costs less, but also has less of an emotional toll on my clients. The following are some tips I’ve learned over the years to successfully negotiate a settlement.
If you can keep these helpful tips in mind during your negotiations, you will find this process easier and less confrontational than insisting on a trial. Even if you cannot settle the whole case, identify the issues that are not contested between the two of you. This can save a lot of time and aggravation for yourself, not to mention money.