Interest Based Decision Making
When we refer to interests, we’re talking about basic needs that are related to your core goals in life. By contrast, aposition is simply a way of stating what you want, regardless of whether or not it addresses a need.
Common positions heard from clients include:
- I want permanent spousal support.
- I want temporary spousal support.
- I want all of the tax exemptions.
- I was child support that equals the state guidelines.
- I want to have the children 50 percent of the time.
- I want to keep my retirement account.
- I want my name off all the debts.
So what makes these statements positions instead of interests?
- It’s not immediately clear why you want what you say you want.
- These statements do not necessarily relate to core needs or values.
- It’s not clear that the client truly understands what some of the terms mean.
- It is possible that the client could obtain something of equal value through another method.
- Each of these statements tends to create a win-lose scenario in that only one person ends up with the thing that he or she identified.
**The preceding is an expert from The Collaborative Way to Divorce: The Revolutionary Method That Results in Less Stress, Lower Costs, and Happier Kids-Without Going to Court.