Legal-Ease: Fighting fair with the law

When a couple fights, they’re encouraged to fight fair. Meaning, only topics related to the current discussion should be brought up in the context of a fight. The same words can be used in the context of legal arguments and negotiations.

There are three frequent situations in civil legal disputes where parties may not fight fair.

First, people may say their goal is to get as much as possible. Second, it’s not fighting fair when someone demands something they will never get. Finally, using the legal system as a tool to inflict pain on someone else is fighting unfairly.

Couples who struggle to communicate or disagree are often encouraged to fight fair. In the context of romance, fighting fair means couples only argue about the topic about which the discussion relates. It is considered unfair to bring up past sleights or hard feelings when dealing with a distinct issue.

The same words are used with different meaning in the context of legal arguments and negotiations. Although I seldom litigate, I do assist in some dispute resolution, especially on farm and business matters. In those situations, if a resolution is going to be reached, it is crucial that everyone fights fair.

Read more about fighting fair in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: Fighting fair with the law

Source:, “Legal-Ease: Fighting fair with the law,” by Lee R. Schroeder, April 14, 2018

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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