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Negotiation Tips for a Florida Divorce


Once a petition for divorce is filed in Florida, the difficult task of negotiating a divorce settlement begins. Hiring an experienced divorce attorney like those at the law office of Blair H. Chan, III in Tampa Bay is your best chance at success, but there are also some negotiation tips that you can follow that may expedite the process and help you and your former spouse come to an agreement that you both are satisfied with. To learn more about what the negotiation process entails in a Florida divorce, call or contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.

Take Stock of the Major Issues

The first tip in divorce negotiation is to take stock of the major issues that may arise in your divorce. This could include matters of property distribution, alimony, child custody, and child support, among other things. Do you both cherish the family pet or want the family home? These can be contentious issues that should be identified early before negotiations begin. You should also take this time to take stock of all major marital assets and debts, so you know what may be on the table during different parts of the negotiation.

Prioritize Needs and Wants

The next tip for a successful divorce negotiation is to prioritize needs and wants. Talk with your attorney about what issues or items mean the most to you in your divorce, and what you are comfortable giving up to your spouse as part of the negotiations. You should also try to prioritize what you think your spouse needs and wants out of the divorce settlement so that your lawyer can go into the negotiations fully informed of both side’s priorities.

Begin with Positive Momentum

If possible, try to begin divorce negotiations with positive momentum. If there are smaller issues or items that you know you and your spouse will agree upon, begin with those. Building positive momentum early not only helps get many items dealt with early on, but it also avoids outright contention from the beginning, which can derail divorce negotiations on even the smallest of issues.

Check Your Emotions

Finally, do your best to check your emotions at the door when it comes to divorce negotiations. This can seem like a daunting task, as divorce usually comes with high levels of stress and is an emotional time in a person’s life. However, bringing anger, frustration, and grief into the negotiation room does not benefit anyone, including yourself. Allow your attorney to handle most of the communication during this process in order to minimize direct contact between you and your spouse, and do your best to state your position in logical, unemotional terms throughout the negotiation process. To learn more, talk to our office today.

Call or Contact Our Office Today

Are you considering a divorce? If so, the knowledgeable Tampa divorce attorneys at the law office of Blair H. Chan, III are here to help. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your case now.


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