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A future-focused divorce can help you make smart decisions today

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Divorce |

Divorce can be a challenging time but approaching it with a clear vision for your future can help you make decisions that are wise and beneficial for the long term. While it is common for the dissolution of a marriage to become contentious, potentially draining more resources than necessary, there is a way to go through the process that can lead to a mutually favorable and amicable outcome for all parties involved.

Think of your divorce not as the end of your marriage but as a transitional phase toward your individual growth. By focusing on the future and employing interest-based negotiations, you can better prepare for this new chapter in your life.

How to incorporate interest-based negotiations in your divorce

Interest-based negotiations involve identifying and addressing the underlying interests and concerns of both parties rather than taking adversarial positions. They are particularly useful in a collaborative divorce because they encourage you and your spouse to look beyond immediate concerns and consider what will ultimately serve each person’s long-term goals. The goal is to avoid litigation by working together to reach an equitably advantageous settlement without court intervention. As a result, you and your spouse will have more control over the outcome.

Here are ways to use interest-based negotiations in your divorce:

  • Identify your interests and those of your partner. What do you both truly need to move forward positively?
  • Set clear goals for your post-divorce life.
  • Communicate these interests clearly and without confrontation.
  • Brainstorm options together that can satisfy both parties’ interests.
  • Evaluate these options, keeping an open mind and a future-focused perspective.

By using this collaborative approach, you can develop a time-sharing schedule and parenting plan that works for all family members. Rather than getting caught up in contentious disputes, you can concentrate on constructing a framework that supports your children’s well-being and allows for a cooperative partnership with your former spouse.

Do not let contention and conflict derail your divorce process. Instead, work with a skilled family law attorney to explore interest-based negotiations and achieve a resolution that protects your interests while respecting those of your spouse.