On behalf of Joseph R. Schmitz of Schmitz Law, P.C. posted in  divorce  on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

It is difficult to manage emotions during divorces in some cases, and because of that, some people don’t want to talk about divorce or handle it at all. The problem with that is that if a spouse won’t accept documents or sign them, it can drag a divorce out for months or years longer than necessary.

It is challenging to deal with a spouse who will not agree to a divorce or who is attempting to drag out the process. What can you do to make this toxic spouse’s impact lower?

Start by keeping track of everything that is going on. Document every conversation and interaction, so the court can see what is happening. Keeping documents also makes it easier to show the court that your spouse is lying or intentionally making the situation more difficult.

Start by keeping track of everything that is going on. Document every conversation and interaction, so the court can see what is happening.

Hiring an attorney can also be of help. With an attorney, there is another party handling the legal side of your divorce. Instead of spending hours on the phone yourself while trying to reach your spouse, the attorney can make a few phone calls or reach out in a way that requires a response. Using an attorney could help you cut down on the time you spend just trying to get into contact.

Finally, if you want to avoid trouble with this spouse, try to get everything documented correctly the first time. If you have a particular custody arrangement you want, attempt to have it approved to limit the need for modifications later. Communicate only when necessary and always document any interactions you have. In a worst case scenario, always have a third party, like your attorney, communicate on your behalf to save you the trouble of a conflict.

Source: Huffington Post, “Divorce Confidential: Coping With an Impossible Spouse During and After Divorce,”Caroline Choi, accessed Sep. 19, 2017

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