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The end game in divorce

The end game in divorce is the point in the process when there will be an outcome and position or strategy may be decisive in reaching a good outcome. On International chess day Cheshire divorce solicitors Stonehewer Moss see the parallels between the game and negotiation or court resolution of finances in divorce. The literature of chess often emphasises the opening; that is how the initial moves set up the opposing players. In divorce the opening might be thought to be the person who petitions but a longer view might be taken that haste to court could muddy the waters for the chances of an amicable settlement. The tone of a divorce case is set early on and may not recover, polarising the spouses and becoming entrenched in a war of attrition. As chess is stylised warfare, again the comparison with divorce is apparent. The divorce solicitor at Stonehewer Moss takes the view in playing the game that occupation of the centre ground is helpful. In divorce, the centre ground could be viewed a number of ways but the simplest might be to draw a comparison with alternative methods of resolving the dispute. Getting agreement on the process to resolve the issues can make a real difference to cost and outcome. An overly aggressive opening could kill the chance of a reasonable out of court process being used. At this stage, the end game might be seen as keeping the case out of court and negotiation of a principled settlement. Choosing a solicitor who can help choose the right early approach may be crucial to the end game in divorce

Anyone that has played chess will recognise the opponent who delights in taking lots of pieces but appears to have no strategy aside from the desire to grab all the opponents pieces. Such players can often be recognised by the writer in his opponent solicitors through a divorce. They seem not to understand there is an end game when they have hacked away and we are now in court. Massive loss of capital in the form of cost benefits the spouses themselves nothing at all. An end game is needed. Don`t assume the advice you get that you will brief a Rottweiler barrister will do the trick; most District Judges that decide divorce cases will be former solicitors with little short of contempt for these usual suspects having been opposite them or barristers who practiced in a reasoned manner that suited their current role and again know the attack dogs for what they are. A chess player will focus on what needs to be achieved and think a number of moves ahead. Hoping someone else will mop up the mess created by a consumption of all the available pieces rarely works. Chess players know and apply the rules; the divorcing person choosing to play the game without the aid of knowledge of the rules might struggle to grasp what the aim of the process is and how to steer through it. Sacrifice is often an essential part of the game of chess; seeing the bigger picture can be difficult when it is your life being scrutinised and seeing what needs to be sacrificed to move on without representation hard even for the most intelligent of us. The end game in divorce is fairness; firm but fair could be what is needed rather than a lot of noise and no strategy.

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