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Divorce and the bullying spouse

The emotional upheaval of divorce in Clinton Township may be inevitable, even in the best of situations. For many, that makes it challenging to cooperate with a spouse while dividing the assets and liabilities of the marriage. This may be even more difficult if one spouse is a bully. According to Psychology Today, a bullying spouse may engage in verbal attacks such as taunting, name calling and criticism, and may use these in an attempt to control the other spouse and establish superiority.

Going through a divorce with a spouse who is a bully has the potential to be financially devastating, as well as emotionally traumatic. USA Today reports that there are steps a person may want to take to safeguard financial health during the process of dividing the marital property. Bullying behavior may take the form of hiding assets, freezing accounts or otherwise depriving the other spouse of financial resources.

From the moment bullied spouses realize a divorce is on the horizon, they may want to begin eliminating joint accounts and setting up new ones in their own names. This may be helpful in ensuring access to financial resources during the divorce. Identifying assets early in the process by copying account statements and other documentation may prevent funds from being relocated and undisclosed.

A person who is being bullied may also benefit from moving swiftly to get the divorce in motion so that the controlling spouse has less time to engage in intimidation or fraud. Some experts recommend that a person who does not have their own income sources may want to get a job so that money can be put aside for the expenses of the divorce and afterward. 

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