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It’s Splitsville: Surviving Your Divorce by James J. Gross

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CHAPTER  21

Tactics and Strategies for Negotiating Your Own Separation Agreement

People spend thousands of dollars negotiating and litigating their divorces. But the truth is you can settle most divorces in a few hours if both people are willing to negotiate a settlement. If you decide to try to negotiate your own separation agreement, this chapter will provide you with some tips on how to do it.

You Need to Know Your BATNA

We have discussed how the judge determines such things as custody, visitation, alimony, child support, and alimony in previous chapters. When you have agreed to settle, knowing your BATNA will help you to know what a fair and reasonable settlement of these issues is. BATNA stands for “best alternative to a negotiated agreement ...

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