Divorce settlement negotiations can be emotional experiences for some Californians. With that said, you can lessen the emotional nature associated with resolving divorce legal issues by taking specific steps to prepare for settlement negotiations.
High on your divorce preparation to-do list should be retaining capable legal representation. Although your divorce case may seem uncomplicated on the surface, the reality is that even seemingly simple divorces have a tendency to turn into complex, frustrating and personally challenging experiences. A skilled, experienced attorney deals with all divorce legal issues and protects your vital interests.
If you are like most people, your paperwork and documents, including those associated with financial matters, likely are not well organized. Before heading into the divorce settlement negotiations process, take time to track down and organize all of your important paperwork and documents. This includes not only financial account statements, tax returns and the like, but also materials related to retirement plans and health insurance.
Take time to decide what your general position is on the various key issues you face in divorce settlement discussions. Primary matters typically include asset, property and debt distribution or division, child-related issues (including custody, parenting time and child support), who will live in the home during the divorce proceedings (and what to do with the residence into the future) and whether alimony (also called “spousal support”) should be awarded.
In addition to conferring with your lawyer about these important matters, discuss the possibility of divorce mediation. Mediation may be an option in your case if you anticipate problems resolving issues with your spouse, particularly if you expect issues to arise in regard to custody and parenting time or visitation.
Source: Huffington Post, “We’re Getting A Divorce, Now What?“, July 29, 2013