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Negotiating spousal support may yield positive outcome

During a marital breakup in California, a person's feelings of being financially secure long term may quickly be threatened. This is especially true for a divorcing spouse who did not earn money or earned less money than the other party did in the marriage. However, this spouse can negotiate spousal support with his or her higher-earning spouse. Here are a couple of tips for doing this effectively in the Golden State.

First, staying calm during the process of negotiating spousal support is paramount. If the negotiation process leads to flaring tempers, it may behoove both parties to take a break and return to negotiations later on. Also, it is best for a person to avoid asking his or her spouse about spousal support when that spouse is in a hurry or is distracted. Both parties ideally should be in a calm frame of mind when tackling this important and sometimes complicated topic.

Also, staying focused on achieving a solution is wise when negotiating spousal support. Sometimes, spouses enter negotiations with the desire to bring up the other person's faults. However, a better approach is to concentrate on the outcome one desires from negotiation and work collaboratively with the other party to achieve such an outcome as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Informal divorce negotiation is often a better option than going to trial because it is usually less hostile and less costly. Still, not all divorcing individuals can make negotiation work for them, in which case traditional divorce litigation cannot be avoided. In this situation, an attorney will push for the client's best interests when it comes to spousal support and other divorce matters, such as property division, in California.

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