If you believe your spouse is planning to leave you, or you have decided you want to file for divorce, it is important to protect yourself. There are many sneaky tactics your spouse may use in divorce to gain the upper hand or to leave you in a bad situation. Read below to learn more about what you need to look out for in your divorce case:
Prolonging the Inevitable: Unfortunately, one of the most common tactics spouses use against the other in divorce is stalling the process for as long as possible. Your spouse may be hoping to win you back or they may be hoping to buy time to build a stronger case against you in the divorce. This can be achieved by refusing to sign paperwork, declining every offer they are presented, or choosing to take everything to court to discuss it.
Rushing the Process: On the opposite side of the same issue, you may be dealing with a spouse that is pushing for you to take a quick divorce settlement. This may seem like an attractive option so that you do not have to keep going to court or paying legal fees, unfortunately it is also a tactic that is commonly used to sneak unfair terms into your divorce agreement. It is important to always have an experienced divorce lawyer look over your final agreement to ensure the other part is not taking advantage of you.
Hiding Assets: One of the sneaky tactics your spouse may use in divorce is moving their money or assets around so that they do not have to share them with you or claim their total net worth. This can be done by switching bank accounts, putting property in family member’s names, and more. Make sure you tell your attorney about all of the assets you and your partner acquired during the marriage.
Using Child Custody To Manipulate Child Support Costs: In many cases we see parents asking for more time with their children, not because they have the desire to be an active member of the child’s life but as a way to negotiate lower child support payments. If your child is being passed to their grandparents or other adults when your partner is scheduled to have them, this can help you to push for the child’s best interest in your case.
Playing Dirty With False Accusations: One of the absolute worst things a spouse can do during the divorce process is make false allegations against the other. This can be as simple as false claims about fidelity but may also be in regards to child abuse, spousal abuse, drug abuse, and more. This sneaky divorce tactic can make it very difficult to get a fair divorce. Working with an experienced family law attorney such as Dawn Renken can make a major difference in your case.
Refusing to Negotiate: In cases where one spouse refuses to communicate or negotiate any of the divorce terms, you may feel extremely overwhelmed and unsure how to proceed. This tactic is typically paired with the desire to stall for time, in hopes to wear you down emotionally and financially. If one spouse has more disposable income, they may try to drag out the case for as long as possible to leave you with little money. Working with an attorney can help you to get the process moving. If the other party refuses to communicate or negotiate they will lose the case and have to play by your rules. Call our office today to learn more about the divorce process and to schedule a consultation with our divorce attorney.
Using Children Against Each Other: One of the worst things that can happen in a divorce case is having the child’s custody or feelings manipulated as a way to hurt the other spouse. We often see one parent refusing to let the other parent have access to the child, or one parent poisoning the mind of the child and using this as a way to hurt the other parent. Both of these tactics are extremely harmful to the child and should be avoided at all cost. Working with an experienced attorney can help you to promote the best interest of any child involved in the divorce.
The team at Renken Law Firm is here to help you navigate this difficult time in your life. Call us today to schedule a consultation with our legal team and to take the first step in protecting yourself and your children in your divorce case.
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