Family law: Negotiating in a divorce situation

Family law: Negotiating in a divorce situation

On Behalf of Porter Ramsay LLP | Mar, 26, 2018 | Family Law

When two people who have decided to part ways have to sit and agree on who gets what and who does what, it can pose a bit of a problem since it’s likely that part of the reason for the split is lack of communication and not being able to see eye to eye. So, when it comes down to negotiating in a divorce situation, both people would do well to keep some advice in mind. Family law in British Columbia may provide some helpful tips when making decisions that could affect everyone involved.

Attorneys acting as mediators are there to help the couple agree on some very important issues such as parenting. If the two people begin the negotiating process by realizing that each wants what’s best for his or her kids, it may make things less stressful. Since a divorce situation is likely to be awash in emotions, such as anger, sadness, jealousy and fear, the couple would do well to understand that bringing negatives into negotiation won’t help the process.

Blaming, name calling, being accusatory — those things won’t work while deciding what’s best moving forward as individuals. Composure and even tempers will help. Negotiation may be tough, but it also may be the best answer to coming to decisions that stick.

A British Columbia family law lawyer may be able to help his or her client understand the negotiation process and to help define its goals. When a person gets what negotiation is all about, he or she is apt to be less fearful about its unknowns. Being comfortable with the process may make agreeing on issues much easier, and those decisions can be made logically without being overly emotional.

Source:, “5 Tips to Manage at the Negotiating Table”, Gary Direnfeld, Accessed on March 23, 2018

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