A family law specialist can guide and advise you on handling your current situation in the best, most responsible manner. But as with every legal dealing and proceeding, there are things you need to know to make the process a more effective and smooth process. Understanding these elements before taking legal meetings ensures you are open and ready to tackle the matter head on in a realistic way. Read on to see what you need to know.
Be Honest And Respectful
In all your dealings, you should be open and honest. Hiding details that may harm your case can often make things far worse when they do inevitably come to the surface. This can only result in increased costs and animosity as well as lengthier disputes, or even breakdowns in discussions. Depending on your situation you could find yourself not just worse off but having to pay the costs of your mistake to your now ex-partner.
Put Kids First
In any case, where there are children involved it should be the priority of both parents to ensure the welfare of those children. Decisions should largely be based around a smooth and easy transitionary period for the children while you work out the details of what happens next. Children are often those most affected by family breakdowns and will remember their experience for the rest of their lives.
Pick Your Battles
Resolving issues of all kinds, no matter how small or large is the only way to reach a settlement. Not being able to tackle and resolve these issues will likely result in having to go through expensive, stressful and costly contested court proceedings to settle what could have been a few conversations. While some elements are worth fighting in court for and have their reasons, you must pick when and where you will expend such an amount of energy. Consider where it is best to exert your energy and spend your legal costs.
If an offer to settle is received you should consider this carefully. While most initial offers will be unacceptable, often the lowball bid so to speak, you must still consider every option presented and respond accordingly when needed. Focus on the positive and consider your options carefully. Blunt rejection of offers to settle can often inflame matters however if you accept an offer without fully considering it then you may find yourself worse off.
When you are dealing with a family law specialist and have a full understanding of what must be covered you can go into negotiations with a realistic goal and strategy. Whether children or not, this is a space where professional guidance and mediation can lead to a smooth and remarkably friendly process all in all. Contact us to find out more!