No one wants to go through a divorce because the intention of getting married is not to leave your spouse. Even if you agree that you need to go your separate ways, a divorce is devastating when it comes to the plans you once had for your future.

As someone who is going through the beginning of a divorce, you may not be sure what you should do. Should you be willing to negotiate with your spouse? Should you be firm about what you need moving forward? Here are a few things to consider.

Negotiation helps resolve divorces faster

To start with, understand that being willing to negotiate is important in resolving a divorce. If you are too demanding and won’t budge on what you want, your divorce will end up in a trial. It’s a good idea to sit down and think about what you want out of your marriage as well as what you should be entitled to. Maryland is an equitable distribution state, so if you do go to trial, you’ll need to prove why you deserve what you’re asking for.

A relationship could hurt your chances for support

It doesn’t always look good if you’re in a relationship while still going through a divorce. It can also hurt your chances of obtaining spousal support and other financial supports you may want to get through your divorce.

These are two things to consider when going through a divorce. Your attorney can help guide you toward the right decisions, so you don’t hurt your chances of a fair payout in your divorce.