On behalf of The Walters Law Group, Ltd. posted in Divorce on Friday, June 28, 2013.
Chicago couples who are seriously considering the dissolution of their marriage may be interested to learn that, in some cases, a fair settlement may not always make everyone happy. According to one woman, she discovered that agreeing to pay her ex-husband maintenance during their divorce negotiations actually set the groundwork for an amicable relationship after the split.
According to the woman, her husband was unemployed at the time of the divorce. He asked that she pay him maintenance so that he could move out of state to obtain another degree. At first, she didn’t want to agree because she had full custody of their daughter and her husband was employable. Therefore, she felt that paying him maintenance would be unfair.
As she geared up for the legal fight, her friend asked if the battle would actually make her happy. The question caused her to think about the consequences of such an argument. The fight would cause her more emotional distress and more court costs. Although she firmly believes that she would have won the argument, she ultimately negotiated the maintenance.
When the divorce was over, the woman believed that she made the right decision. She was able to move on from the divorce, and when her husband was eventually employed, they were able to amicably work out child support. She now has a healthy relationship with her ex-spouse that benefits the entire family, including their child.
Whether the divorce is simple or bitter and complicated, an experienced Chicago divorce attorney may be able to help their clients ensure that they receive the property that they are entitled to through negotiations or representation in court. The attorney may also be able to negotiate spousal maintenance, child support and visitation to ensure a solid foundation for a new life after the divorce.
Source: Huffington Post, “Do You Want To Be Right Or Do You Want To Be Happy?“, Debbi Dickinson, June 18, 2013