Family Law Interest-Based Negotiation in Maryland
When a family is willing to discuss possible solutions for divorce and custody, rather than argue, they are often able to save time and avoid expensive litigation. With experienced lawyers to guide them, many families are able to resolve family law cases via negotiation.
The attorneys at Avery & Upton are skilled negotiators who are committed to helping families find productive ways to move forward. We strive to reach durable and acceptable resolutions to divorce, child custody, and other family law cases. Firm founder Bruce Avery is a family law attorney and a trainer for the Collaborative Practice Training Institute. His experience and leadership help clients understand the process and benefits of negotiation. Please speak with one of our attorneys to learn how we may assist you.
Protecting Your Interests, Goals, and Needs
Negotiation can be used in any family law matter, including:
- Property division
- Child custody
- Post-divorce modifications
- Parental relocation
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
By looking forward and thinking long term, we help clients think about more than their current emotional state. We need to discuss what each party really needs, which is not always what one party assumes the other needs. Rather than taking emotion-based positions, we discuss the facts. For example, both parties may want to keep the house. However, if one person needs the house because he or she runs a business out of the home, that is a position based in facts.
There is certainly emotion involved in all family law decisions, but focusing more on the facts can help each party compromise. Ultimately, an honest negotiation based on each party’s real needs may result in the best solution for both parties.