Negotiations must be prepared strategically to secure a successful settlement for you, saving the costs, stress and uncertainty of a court trial. I spend some time training other family lawyers in negotiation skills.
I can guide you in the different methods and ways to negotiate. If court proceedings have been issued then usually it is possible to settle a court case by negotiation but you need a twin-track approach to be ready to settle if the correct opportunity arises whilst being prepared to go to final trial if it is needed.
Requirements for negotiations:
- Someone to negotiate with! Your spouse may refuse to engage with negotiations.
- It is very common that the best offer in the world will not be accepted because your spouse is not ready to settle yet. This can be very frustrating.
- Remember that to make an offer or to accept an offer then you MUST have full and frank financial disclosure of all the true financial facts – otherwise you are negotiating in the dark.
Advantages of negotiations:
- You can save costs
- You can settle on your terms and in your own time
- You settle before a final court trial and so save the high costs and uncertainty of court.
- You are in control of what settlement you can live with.
- You get to take into account the facts and factors that you choose, rather than a Judge.
- You avoid the stress of giving evidence at court.
Disadvantages of negotiations:
- You don’t know whether you would have done better or worse at court.
- Endless negotiations can be just as expensive as a full court trial.
- You must make sure you do not give away more than you are entitled to.
- Call me 01223 421 051 to discuss your specific circumstances to see how I can help
- email me a question at email@example.com
- See if I can help if your negotiations have stalled or got stuck or need a second opinion.
I train other family lawyers in negotiation skills and family dispute resolution.