Reflection Of A Negotiation Process In Family Law

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Before taking this course, I really did not give much thought about the negotiation process. Initially, I assumed that a negotiator would go into a negotiation knowing what your client wants are and nothing more. I believed that knowing my client goal was enough succeed in a negotiation. However, after taking this course, I have learned that my initial thoughts were mistaken. There is so much more to negotiation than only knowing what your client wants to achieve. Overall, there are many concepts and ideas that I can and will be incorporating into my negotiations in the future. Specifically, by taking this class, it has opened my eyes to three levels of awareness, and how I will conduct negotiations going forward. In learning and understanding…show more content…
Thus, the role of negotiation in family law is critical because most family law related case are sent to negotiation. Also, negotiation is very important in this area of law because it allows for quick and efficient resolution of cases, so that clients can get back to a “normal life” as soon as possible. Nevertheless, the first concrete step I will put to use is coming prepared to a negotiation. Over the summer, I witnessed a lot of negotiations where one party was neither ready nor prepared for the negotiation. Instead of a quick smooth negotiation, I found it time consuming and harder for the lawyers to negotiate. There was constant flipping between papers to find the right answer, which distracted from reaching an agreement. Thus, in my future negotiation, I am going to ensure that each time I come prepared with my strategies, overarching goals, and my counterpart’s potential strategies and goals. The second step I will put to use into my practice is maintaining an integrative approach in my negotiations. Given the often sensitive nature of family law situations, I believe that an integrative approach would allow me to separate the people from the problem. Often times family law can get wrapped up in the people, and a negotiator can lose sight of why he or she is even at a negotiation to begin. Thus, this approach would most likely help me facilitate an
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