It is not uncommon for spouses to disagree. If a spouse files for divorce, he or she can reasonably expect that one or more issues will produce conflict as both parties try to achieve a peaceful settlement. By implementing a few helpful skills, it may be possible to avoid arguments and, instead, find some common ground on which to begin building terms of agreement.
Common goals in a divorce
Most spouses want to be able to settle a divorce in as swift and peaceful a manner as possible. When there are children involved, parents want to be able to negotiate a fair child custody agreement without causing a lot of disruption in their children’s lives. When both spouses are working toward similar goals, they can learn to listen, speak peacefully and negotiate when an issue arises that causes a disagreement.
Resolve conflict with these helpful tips
To move past a disagreement in order to negotiate a divorce settlement, it is helpful to try to understand the other person’s point of view. Once both parties have stated their needs, goals and opinions, they can compile a list of possible solutions to their conflict. Based on a willingness to cooperate and compromise, spouses can then determine which solution would be fair and would keep children’s best interests in mind.
What if conflict resolution between 2 spouses does not work?
A concerned spouse might determine that litigation is necessary if his or her ex refuses to cooperate or a solution to a specific conflict does not seem possible without court intervention. In such cases, it is especially helpful to seek legal support before heading to court. An experienced family law attorney understands how divorce litigation works and will work to protect a client’s interests while seeking a fair settlement.