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Preparing for settlement can help move Texas divorce forward

Friday, September 22, 2017

Generally speaking there are two ways to handle a divorce situation. The first is in a mediated settlement meeting, which takes place outside of a court setting and involves both parties hashing out the distribution of assets. The second is a litigated divorce, which necessitates court dates and a great deal of legal red tape. Those familiar with Texas divorce are probably aware of both of these options, but some experts believe the settlement route to be the more productive of the two.

When approaching a settlement meeting, some experts have said it is important to do so impartially. Keeping emotions in check while negotiating a settlement is vital to the efficiency of the process. It also goes a long way towards being able to compromise on less-important matters, rather than turning each individual negotiation into a grudge match.

Secondarily, it is important to know one's limits. Taking a break from a settlement meeting is far more preferable than continuing on past the point of fatigue and allowing emotions to intervene in the process. Divorce is an emotionally trying experience not to be taken lightly, and the ability to walk away and return clear-headed can be invaluable.

Ultimately, the way a Texas divorce proceeds is up to the individuals involved in the process. It should be duly noted, however, that settlement meetings can save considerable time and financial distress when arranging the distribution of assets. All that needs to occur is for both parties to rein in their emotions for the time being and focus at the task at hand -- the task of moving forward in a positive way in both their lives.

Source: The Huffington Post, Divorce Confidential: How to Prepare for a Settlement Meeting, Caroline Choi, Oct. 31, 2013

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