Portland & SW Washington Divorce and Custody: Top five mistakes people make in negotiating a settlement
First of all as a Portland divorce firm we can tell you nearly all divorce cases settle, the question usually is not if a settlement will be reached, but rather when will the agreement be struck. There are two major factors to decide when a divorce settlement will occur: (1) How much you have to fight over (custody, property, etc); and (2) How reasonable both parties act. Most of the ways you can create a faster, easier negotiation, happen within the actions of the two parties.
Certainly family law cases go to trial, but that is always a last resort and one to be avoided if at all possible. Even if you do not feel this way Oregon and Washington divorce and family law judges do. The question being addressed here is how to give yourself, or your family law attorney the best chance to reach a favorable settlement, and how to reach it early, saving you time and money. There are a few typical mistakes people make in trying to settle a divorce or custody case.