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Marital Settlement Agreements and Negotiation

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Maine Divorce Attorney Can Help With Marital Settlement Agreements and Negotiation

Thinking about divorce is often a scary prospect. You might expect to sit in front of an intimidating judge and endure a stressful and embarrassing trial. However, most Maine divorce cases end with a settlement before the process of a trial even begins. It is favorable in the eyes of the court for couples to settle their disagreements privately, working together to come up with mutually agreeable plans. They need to ensure that the terms they agree to are viable both now and in the future. Couples can do this with the help of their individual family law attorneys in Maine and possibly even mediators. 

Tips for Successful Divorce Negotiations

Several factors determine whether negotiations in divorce will be successful or not. Following these tips can help increase the chances of you coming to a settlement and keeping your divorce from going to trial:

  • Start negotiating with an open mind—You will not have a successful negotiation if you go into the process with the mentality that you will or should get everything you want. Negotiations are the result of give and take on the part of both spouses. You have to be willing to make some concessions to get what you want. 
  • Start negotiating early when possible—If you can sit down with your spouse early on in the divorce process to come up with solutions, it will set the bar for future and perhaps more difficult negotiations. This approach can also save you time.
  • Hire a Maine family law attorney—Even if you and your spouse are amicable, you still want to ensure that your interests are represented, and you receive what is equally yours. An attorney can also help in the negotiation process. 
  • Be honest—Both you and your soon to be ex-spouse need to be honest with each other. You cannot conduct fair negotiations or make plans for your future if either one or both of you are not forthcoming with information. For example, hiding assets or income. Your attorney can help you find the information you need to have a successful negotiation. 

The Benefits of Negotiating Your Divorce Terms

No divorce is ever pleasant, but negotiating the terms of your divorce can make the process easier and more fruitful. Since you do not have to go through a trial, if you negotiate the terms of your divorce, it can be over much quicker. You should also be aware of the fact that if your divorce goes to trial, it becomes a matter of public record. Which means anyone could have access to your personal business. If you or your spouse want to keep your divorce private, negotiating a settlement is the best option. Another benefit is that through negotiations, you will have more control over the outcome than if you just went to court and had a judge decide. 

Let Our Maine Divorce Lawyers Guide Your Divorce Settlement

At The Maine Divorce Group, we take pride in educating our clients, presenting them with their options, and supporting the decisions that they make. Our attorneys can help you negotiate a divorce settlement that will be fair and keep you from having to take your divorce to trial. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer and make an appointment to meet with one of our skilled attorneys. 

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