On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce/Separation on Friday, August 2, 2019.
Ending a marriage can be a challenging experience on many different levels. The emotions that are tied up in the marriage dissolution process can be more than enough to make it difficult, but the logistics of untangling two lives can be overwhelming. Making matters worse, a contentious divorce can see the parties taking steps to try to thwart a fair resolution. This is why Midwesterners need to ensure they are protecting themselves as fully as possible throughout the divorce process, which includes knowing how to identify some of these brutal tactics and how to adequately address them.
So what are some of these strategies? One is to delay the divorce. One party may try to delay dissolution simply to hurt the other party. They might agree to divorce terms, and then refuse to sign an agreement in hopes of renegotiating, failing to sign the renegotiated agreement. This can cost an individual a significant amount of time and money, not to mention stress. To avoid this, a party may be able to identify when it is best to stop negotiations and take the matter to court.
Another common strategy used by some people is to empty jointly held bank accounts. This can leave one party on rocky financial footing. This tactic is brutally unfair and shouldn’t be tolerated. Therefore, those who are affected by these actions should consider taking the matter to court and asking a judge for some sort of relief.
There are other unfair strategies that parties try to utilize during divorce. For example, a parent may try to petition for sole custody even after agreeing to joint custody, and a party may even try to turn off utilities in the family home after they have vacated it.
These actions are undeserved and unfair. However, those who don’t have a strong attorney on their side may not know how to protect themselves, leaving them susceptible to an uncertain future. Therefore, seeking legal guidance from a competent legal advocate is usually a good idea when addressing these matters.