How Could a Hostile Attitude Toward My Spouse Affect My Divorce?
Ending a marriage can be an emotional and complicated process, so it is not uncommon, even for the most well-intentioned of individuals, to become frustrated during divorce proceedings. Unfortunately, those feelings can have a negative impact on the outcome of a divorce and can also damage family relationships beyond repair. Having an attorney on your side who can help you maintain your composure during a divorce can make all the difference in preventing this type of conflict, so if you are considering divorce, you should speak with a knowledgeable Florida Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer who will help protect your interests throughout the proceedings.
The Benefits of Keeping Your Cool
During divorce, something that would normally be considered blowing off steam, such as leaving an angry voicemail or sending an aggressive text message, can have serious consequences when it comes to:
- Asset division, where an attacking spouse could damage his or her case by using underhanded tactics or engaging in conflict and could even end up helping the other spouse obtain a more advantageous award;
- Child custody matters, where one spouse’s comments about the other in front of a judge could lead him or her to reevaluate the type of custody arrangement that would be in a child’s best interests; and
- Lowering the parties’ stress levels, as contentious divorces tend to take a toll on all of the parties involved, while also leading to more time-consuming and expensive proceedings.
Ultimately, taking a cooperative approach during divorce can only help the parties involved, saving both individuals a significant amount of time and money, while also setting a positive tone for future co-parenting.
Avoid Hostile Public Displays
Even a single momentary meltdown by a spouse during divorce can have serious repercussions, as a judge won’t usually have a way of determining whether the behavior is out of character. While an experienced divorce attorney can help his or her clients focus on the business side of divorce and so avoid this type of situation, couples can also take a few steps on their own to help avoid hostility during divorce, including:
- Preparing for potentially time-consuming proceedings;
- Focusing on staying both physically and emotionally healthy;
- Working with a financial planner who can help them think critically and avoid making hasty, emotional decisions;
- Making time for recreational activities and hobbies in their schedules;
- Thinking over settlement offers and giving themselves time to reflect before making a decision;
- Listening to their divorce team’s advice;
- Focusing on the big picture and long-term consequences of litigation or negotiation; and
- Getting support from friends and family who can provide encouragement and provide sound advice.
Please call our office today to learn more about how to avoid hostility during your own divorce.
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