If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, you’ll likely have to negotiate when it comes to your alimony settlement. You can make this process less stressful by keeping a few important tips in mind. If you’re a Florida resident, here are some suggestions for alimony negotiation.
Think about what you need
When you’re negotiating your alimony, some suggest asking for more than what you think you’ll need. This way, you’ll have wiggle room, and if your settlement is lower than your original requested amount, you will still have enough to pay bills, maintain your home and provide for your children without getting them used to a whole new standard of living.
Compromise is key
If you can, it’s a good idea to make alimony arrangements with your ex through a settlement or mediation instead of going to court. This could put you and your former spouse at ease and make it simpler to ask for what you need. You may have to compromise in some areas, and if you’re able to, talk to your ex in a peaceful environment instead of feeling the pressure of being in the courtroom. Also, mediation is often less expensive than a court battle.
Only agree to what you can afford
Every divorce is different, and it’s best to make sure that you are aware of your finances so that you won’t make empty promises at the negotiation table. In addition to paying alimony, you may also have to pay off certain debts or child support. Don’t agree to pay off a debt that you can’t afford just to end the negotiation process.
Be honest about the financial obligations you can handle and let your ex know if anything changes.