Any divorce can be stressful to settle, but a high-conflict divorce where one or both partners could make things more difficult through a lack of cooperation or volatile behavior. Navigating such a divorce is always difficult, but do not worry. A Union County divorce attorney from our firm can have your back.
What Can Be Considered a High-Conflict Divorce?
Any divorce can have conflicts, but a high-conflict divorce is one that is characterized by constant fighting and an inability to get anything done. Even the simplest matters can be nearly impossible to address if your spouse is acting in bad faith.
What Should I Do in a High-Conflict Divorce?
If you realize that your spouse is going to do everything that they can to make this process miserable, then you need to figure out a few things that you can do to make this easier. We suggest:
Prioritizing your own health: Do not neglect your physical or mental health during this time. A high-conflict divorce can really wear you down, but you do not have to let it eclipse everything else in importance.
Keeping communications brief: If you absolutely must communicate with your spouse, keep your messages brief and informative. You do not have to get into it with them over every little thing.
Avoid too much venting: Talking about your divorce with supportive friends or a therapist is one thing, but venting constantly is not good for your mental health and it’s not pleasant for everyone around you. Try to develop more effective coping mechanisms and lean on your support network when you can.
How Can I Protect My Kids in a High-Conflict Divorce?
If you have children, protecting them from the worst parts of the divorce should be a top priority. This can be difficult to do even when everyone involved is trying to avoid excess fighting, but a high-conflict divorce can cause even more stress for your kids. We recommend that you:
- Avoid badmouthing your spouse to your children, even when it seems deserved
- Be present and focused when you have time with your kids
- Think about scheduling your kids to see a psychologist
How Can a Divorce Lawyer Help Me?
A divorce lawyer can help you in some key ways here. One of the best things that they can do for you is handle communications on your behalf. No more needling from your spouse. Everything gets taken care of through the lawyers and your high-conflict divorce gets slightly less contentious.
Talk to Our Team Today
If you are going through a high-conflict divorce or you worry that your spouse is going to make things as difficult as they can, then you may want to contact Ross & Calandrillo, LLC. We can schedule a consultation and tell you more about how our attorneys can help you fight for the best possible outcome in your divorce case, no matter what your spouse does.