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Try a threefold strategy in divorce negotiations

New Jersey couples who are ending their marriages might want some tips for smoothing the difficult legal road ahead in order to avoid some of the most common divorce traps. Many couples try to negotiate a settlement, but there are some things to look out for in this regard.

Having a solid picture of finances is crucial for engaging effectively in divorce negotiations. Property division, alimony and child support will often be at issue. Not knowing what is in the bank and what one can afford to commit to financially could make setting the right parameters to frame negotiations difficult, if not possible.

Knowing one's rights and duties is the second part of a strategy going into talks to arrange the end of a marriage. This is important knowledge for all legal aspects of divorce, and it is particular vital when the couple has young children. It is important to know the difference between legal and physical custody, and it is just as important to prepare a parenting schedule that is in the best interests of the children and that both parties can adhere to.

Prioritizing wants and needs is something many people neglect to do and then find themselves hamstrung in negotiations with their estranged spouses who may know exactly what they want and have a plan to exact concessions for it. If the couple cannot come to an accord on all applicable divorce legal issues during negotiations helped along by their respective attorneys, then mediation might be a possible alternative. If that also does not work, then a judge will have to make the decision.

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