As a divorce firm that focuses on
no-fault divorces, we work with spouses who have put their differences aside and agreed
to negotiate a divorce settlement. Some of these couples already know
what they want before they come to our firm, while others need some help
in the negotiations department.
If you’re planning on seeking a cheap, no-fault divorce, we commend
you for working toward a resolution and staying away from litigation.
After all, divorce litigation is a protracted, costly process that is
stressful and drains the marital estate. The alternative, a no-fault divorce,
is definitely ideal if the spouses can agree to have one.
Encouraging a Positive Negotiation Process
If you’re not sure how to negotiate with your spouse, or if you’re
not sure what you’re supposed to be after, this article will help.
Here are 9 tips for negotiating a divorce settlement:
First, educate yourself on your rights under Pennsylvania’s divorce
laws. You’ll want to learn all about asset and debt division,
spousal support, child custody, and child support.
Make sure you fully understand the
one-year waiting period and how dating other people and continuing to live with your spouse can
impact your divorce.
Treat your divorce like a business transaction and leave your emotions
out of the equation, even if your spouse hurt you by
cheating or something similar.
- Treat your spouse with respect and ask him or her to do the same, even
if it’s hard to do.
- Have open communication with each other. Do not hide financial affairs
from your spouse because it will only backfire on you.
- Work towards a win-win settlement you can both feel good about.
- Outside of divorce negotiations, avoid speaking negatively of your spouse
and your divorce. If you do, it can get back to your spouse and a collaborative
divorce can quickly turn into a litigated divorce.
- Beware of getting too close to your spouse or falling into old patterns
and using him or her as a sounding board during the divorce. This can
confuse emotions and later complicate the divorce. It’s better to
keep a safe, professional distance until the divorce is final.
- Stay organized with your financial documents – this helps everything
move smoothly and saves time.
Secrets to Achieving a Good Divorce
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Contact Cairns Law Offices to learn about our cheap divorce services!