Going through a divorce is one of the most emotionally trying experiences you can go through. If you’re considering getting a divorce in New York, it’s important to remember that there are ways to reduce conflict so that it isn’t as stressful. Reducing conflict is essential if you want to move on with your life and keep things as amicable as possible between you and your former partner.
Here are three tips on how to reduce conflict during your divorce.
1. Prepare Yourself Mentally
Before engaging in any conversations or negotiations with your ex-partner, make sure you’re mentally prepared to handle whatever they throw at you. This means taking time for yourself beforehand and recognizing that emotions will be running high—on both sides. It also means being prepared with lists of requests, questions, and information so that you can stay focused on the task at hand and not get sidetracked by emotions.
2. Consider Mediation
Even though going through a divorce can be incredibly emotional, it’s important not to let emotions take over when making decisions about property divisions or child custody arrangements. To help ensure that these types of decisions are made fairly and objectively, consider getting assistance from mediators who understand the law and have experience helping couples create positive agreements for their contested issues. Having someone neutral involved can help prevent arguments from escalating out of control and allow everyone to focus on finding fair solutions rather than just trying to win arguments.
3. Communicate Effectively
Communication is key when dealing with any kind of dispute—especially when the dispute can impact your divorce proceedings. Make sure everyone involved understands what each person wants and needs out of the situation before negotiations begin, then make sure each party listens intently throughout the process, so everyone's concerns are taken into account when decisions are made. Any misunderstandings should be cleared up immediately before they become larger issues down the road.
In Life, There Are Options. In Divorce, There Should Be Options Too.
Going through a divorce doesn't have to mean months or even years full of arguing back and forth with your former partner over every little detail—there are ways to reduce conflict throughout the process so that it isn't as stressful for all those involved. At Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein, our team understands that every case requires a different approach, from collaborative divorce and alternative dispute resolution to litigation. We can help you find the right solution for you as you exit your marriage.
Schedule a consultation with a member of our team today to learn more about how we can help you find the right approach to your case. Call our firm at (212) 466-6015 to get started.