When New York couples end their marriage, many choose to negotiate a settlement agreement. Most people want to get the process done and over with his quickly as possible so that they can move on with their lives. Unfortunately, emotions can run high during a divorce, leading to unnecessary conflict that prolongs the process.
Spouses who wish to avoid the financial and mental costs of an acrimonious divorce can often take steps to prevent ongoing conflict. Doing some research on personal and marital finances may put them into a better position to begin negotiations about asset division and ongoing support payments.
Other effective strategies for negotiating a settlement include identifying goals in the divorce and attempting to learn what the other spouse’s goals are. This knowledge can help people make proposals that the other party may find reasonable, and it may be easier to come to an agreement.
Another consideration is developing a full understanding of New York divorce law and its possible consequences. Consulting with an attorney, may provide people with a better understanding of what they can expect from the legal system, what they may be entitled to a divorce and the possible consequences of an adversarial negotiation. After all, it’s easy for one spouse to frighten the other with threats if the other spouse is unaware of the law.
If the parties are unable to come to an accord on their own, they may want to go through the divorce mediation process. Any issues that remain open afterwards will most likely need to be handled through litigation.