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Divorce: Effective negotiation skills come in handy

29294792_s.jpgWhether a Missouri couple decides to litigate or mediate an end to their relationship, it is helpful to enter the chosen process armed with effective negotiation skills. There are typically several ways to say the same thing. The phrasing a spouse chooses and the manner in which he or she conveys an idea can mean the difference between an ability to negotiate a fair and satisfactory divorce settlement in a swift and amicable manner or becoming entangled in a lengthy court battle. A spouse who takes time to review practical tips for successful negotiation may place him or herself a step ahead of the game.

While effective speaking skills are no doubt a valuable tool when negotiating a divorce, it is also helpful to be a good listener. Spouses might disagree on numerous issues, such as child custody, property division or alimony and child support. It is just as important to hear and clearly understand what the other party is saying as it is to be able to express one's own ideas in a coherent and thoughtful manner.

Even before ironing out all the wrinkles begins, it is a good idea to develop a list that identifies one's goals and interests, as well as any problem areas anticipated. This list can serve as a basis for negotiation. Regarding potential problem areas, it helps to create a second list that includes ideas for possible solutions.

Divorce is stressful even under the best of circumstances. Especially if the Missouri couple involved has children, there are multiple topics of importance that must be addressed before a settlement can be devised. Most experienced family law attorneys are skilled negotiators, which is why it is wise to stay closely connected with one throughout proceedings.

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