When a Mississippi family court judge makes decisions regarding property division or child custody issues, he or she does so with state guidelines and specific case merits in mind. In many cases, a pair of spouses who have filed for divorce may be able to peacefully resolve conflict when they disagree on these or other issues. By keeping several helpful tips in mind, a concerned spouse may be able to avoid confrontation and achieve a fair settlement.
Conflict resolution involves a peaceful exchange of ideas
It is not uncommon in a divorce for one spouse or parent to have a particular perspective about an important issue that the other spouse does not share. The following list includes several ways to find common ground and move past a disagreement:
- Agree to not interrupt and to listen to the other person when he or she is speaking with a goal of trying to understand his or her point of view.
- Clearly state one’s needs and goals.
- List all possible solutions to a specific problem.
- Discuss the possible results of a particular solution.
- Agree on a solution based on fairness.
Especially when an issue pertains to children, parents will want to try to set their differences aside in a common effort to negotiate a settlement based on what is best for their kids. When one parent believes one solution is best but the other disagrees, the court’s intervention may be sought to make the decision on the parents’ behalf.
What about conflict resolution after divorce?
Once the court issues a child custody or child support order, both parents must adhere to the terms of the agreement. Settling a divorce in court does not guarantee that legal problems will not arise in the future. If a co-parent disregards a court order, it can cause a lot of stress as a family adapts to a post-divorce lifestyle.
A parent struggling with such issues may seek legal support by requesting a meeting with an experienced family law attorney.