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Maricopa County Family Law Blog

Negotiating a divorce settlement with your spouse

Dividing property during a divorce may be among the most stressful and contentious undertakings, second perhaps only to child custody matters. Often, spouses find themselves grappling over sentimental items as well as those with the most value. Arizona's community property laws stipulate an equitable distribution of marital property, which does not always mean an even split.

You could go to court and allow the judge to decide how your marital assets will be split between you and your spouse. Many find this impersonal process leaves them with an unsatisfying settlement that is difficult to live with. More recently, couples have tried working together to arrive at a fair division of their accumulated wealth. This may seem like an impossible undertaking, but there are ways to make the process a little easier.

Taking the fight out of child custody negotiations

Throughout history, leaders have often discovered—often tragically—that the opposite of negotiation is war. It’s been said that when there’s no negotiation, when there’s no talking and when there’s no agreement, then there’s war. When it comes to your children, we all want what’s best for them. War is not what you want.

Children are often caught in the middle of divorce and child custody battles. No one should be surprised to hear that children suffer when their parents fight. Studies have found that parent’s bitter fighting harms children more than the divorce itself. An alternative dispute resolution method such as mediation offers a way to stay out of the courtroom and avoid the fighting that often comes with it.