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What is the right divorce strategy for me?

Divorcing? If you are, then you are probably interested in knowing more about the strategies that could help you get the most out of it. The truth is that there are plenty of strategies out there, but the only one that works for you is one that is designed for you.

With any strategy, start by being prepared. If you’re the one proposing divorce, you should prepare in advance by collecting details about your marital assets or collecting information for any claims you want to make. Here are three other things that you can do to create a divorce strategy that is unique to you and one that works for your situation.

  1. Eliminate frustration as soon as you can

It is normal to be frustrated with your spouse as you go through divorce, but don’t let that ruin your opportunities during your divorce. Don’t respond to anger or frustration in-kind, because doing so only stops the conversation, makes your divorce take longer and leads to hurt feelings. Be reasonable and respectful to get the most out of your discussions.

  1. Ask for what you want

You will likely not get what you want unless you make it clear what you’re looking for. Don’t hint at what you think you should receive or assume that your spouse will automatically give you half of everything. Instead, state clearly what you want to see happen to settle your divorce. That way, there is a starting point for negotiations.

  1. Be prepared to negotiate

You do need to know what you need versus what you want when you’re divorcing. It’s reasonable to ask for what you want, but there should always be room to negotiate.

If your spouse does want to negotiate, hear them out. Even if you don’t like what they’re offering, you have the opportunity to create a counteroffer that may help you settle your divorce.

These are three things you can do to have a winning divorce strategy during your divorce. Remember, your goals can be met if you prepare, are reasonable and know what you want. Your attorney can help with your negotiations and keep you on track to finalize your divorce in a reasonable amount of time.