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Compromise may be an important part of divorce

Texas family practice attorneys counsel that compromise may be just as important in divorce as it is in marriage. When children are involved, it becomes particularly important to choose one's battles wisely.

A divorced woman recently wrote on "The Huffington Post" about a situation that occurred during her own divorce. Her spouse was unemployed and hoping to continue his education. He requested two years of spousal support. The writer could afford it, though it would put a considerable drain on her own finances. At first she was inclined to fight the request because she believed her ex was capable of finding employment. In the end, however, she conceded to his request for the greater good of her child. As the father of her daughter, her former spouse would remain in her life for some time to come. It was in everyone's best interests to maintain an amiable relationship. Additionally, a contentious court battle would only escalate the legal fees associated with the divorce.

In some cases, of course, compromise is not an option. These are cases where domestic violence or some other form of abuse has played a role in the decision to divorce. It may also be the case when there is a substantial income differential between the two divorcing parties. There are no established rules for determining when compromise is in your best interests and when it is not, but in general it is best to negotiate when the likely outcome that a court would order is worst for you than compromises your former partner is suggesting. This is most true with respect to child custody, visitation and support issues. If you are contemplating divorce, it's in your best interests to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can help you decide when to compromise and when to stand your ground.

Source: Huffington Post, "Do You Want To Be Right Or Do You Want To Be Happy?", Debbi Dickinson, June 18, 2013

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