Recently, after advising a client on the amount of money that he owed his former spouse by way of an equalization payment, he responded with a question: Is this negotiable? In truth everything is negotiable in family law. Parties can agree to almost any arrangement between them, write it out in an agreement and sign on the dotted line. Whether you can force someone to comply with this kind of agreement if he or she later has a change of heart is another matter for another blog post. If we think about the negotiability of an issue as a kind of spectrum, this post sets out where the major issues of a separation would fall on such a spectrum.