Determining that your marriage is over can be an emotionally devastating process, whether or not you are the one who initiates the conversation. Once the decision is made to divorce, you and your spouse may find it difficult to suppress bitter reactions rather than approaching the dissolution as a legal process. At the Law Office of Lorie J. Zahodnic, P.C., we understand how important it is for couples to avoid the types of behaviors that can derail an amicable divorce.
Property division may be one of the most challenging pieces in the process, and according to Psychology Today, the disclosure of assets is one area where opportunities may easily arise that tempt a spouse to fight dirty. It is essential to resist the urge to try to beat the legal process, though, even when your actions seem to be leveling the field for you instead of creating an unfair situation for your spouse. For example, you must both list all of your properties, accounts and other effects. When career success means you must pay your spouse alimony, it may feel as if you are being punished for your accomplishments. However, taking steps to lower income so spousal support is not part of the equation is an offensive tactic that can ruin the ability to get along during and after the divorce.
Withdrawing cash or taking tangible assets and hiding them from your spouse is illegal, and if you give in to the temptation, you may destroy any chance you have of reaching a settlement without litigation. Damaging personal effects such as clothing or other items that have sentimental value may also make it difficult or impossible to make it through the process smoothly. For more information about barriers to a friendly divorce, please visit our page.