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Strategies for reducing conflict during divorce negotiations

Unpleasant emotions typically accompany the decision to get a divorce. People in New Jersey who want to end their marriages could benefit by approaching the situation realistically. The terms of property division and child custody, if children are present, must be negotiated. Ideally, people will reach an agreement without prolonged and costly litigation. A flexible attitude could go a long way toward limiting conflict, and mediation may present a viable alternative to litigation in some cases.

The fact that divorce puts almost everything in a person's life on the negotiating table can be overwhelming. A willingness to bargain could help people overcome the urge to protect every single possession. One financial adviser recommends that people avoid setting their hearts on certain things. A successful negotiation involves a lot of give and take, and the final results matter more than specific issues. As long as the bulk of the agreement provides most of what a person needs to achieve, then it might serve the person's long-term interests.

Mediation at times offers people a viable means of coming to terms. A neutral third party guides the discussions and strives to broker an agreement. Although the presence of a mediator sometimes helps people focus on resolving their issues, it might force someone to accept the former partner's word about finances.

Regardless of how a person approaches a divorce, legal advice may play a role. The insights of an attorney may inform someone about rights to certain property and retirement accounts. This information might empower a person during discussions about property division. Legal representation may also enable someone to press a specific matter in court, especially if the person suspects that the other spouse is hiding financial records. An attorney's efforts might help convince a judge to make an equitable ruling about the divorce settlement.

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