If you’re concerned about your privacy and how you’ll be perceived during a divorce trial, then something to carefully consider is how you can settle outside of court. Settling divorce outside of court isn’t uncommon, especially if the divorce is not contested. You may want to settle to save money and time, too.
If you and your spouse agree that you don’t want to air your dirty laundry in court, then settling is the better option. If you find that you’re dealing with disagreements that you haven’t seemed to be able to solve, though, settling might seem like a pipe dream. The good news is that you can settle, and your attorney can help.
Working together at the negotiating table
If you both want to avoid court, then it’s time to think about sitting down and negotiating with each other. Your attorney knows that dissolving your marriage and partnership may not be simple, so don’t be afraid to talk about your concerns and what you feel like you must demand before you can settle.
Your attorney will work with you to determine what your needs are versus what you can negotiate on, so that you go into negotiations understanding where you stand and what you have to gain or lose.
If you have children involved in these negotiations, then your attorney will do their best to make this a smooth settlement and to settle disputes in a way that both you and your spouse agree on. That way, if you’re co-parenting in the future, you can know that you’re starting from a position where you both have agreed as much as possible on custody or child support.
What should you do if your spouse doesn’t want to negotiate?
When your spouse doesn’t want to negotiate, the reality is that you may end up going to trial. If they aren’t willing to work with you, then it’s up to you to build a case for what you want to get out of your marriage and the arrangements you want in your custody agreement. At court, your attorney will represent you and help you get assistance from the judge to settle your issues.