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Leverage Factors


Term Definition Leverage Factors - considerations made by each of the parties pertaining to the issues that are being disputed.
Application in Divorce In divorce actions, one leverage factor is, In whose interest is it to remain married longest? Answering this question can be a starting point at the onset of divorce negotiations because it creates leverage over the negotiations. A person prepared to wait has a bargaining tool that can be brought to bear in property negotiations.

Very often in divorce actions, one spouse wants out of the marriage and the other partner does not -- at least at the onset. When this is the case, the person who does not want to end the marriage can leverage his or her willingness to wait to his or her advantage.

Delaying a divorce often invites escalating anger; nevertheless, it is a frequently used form of leverage.

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