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The pitfalls of being rude during a divorce

| Feb 24, 2020 | Family Law |

There are several reasons why an individual would want to be polite to his or her spouse during a divorce proceeding. For example, if a couple has children, they will need to work together to raise them. Staying calm and polite during mediation or other settlement talks may make it easier to do so. Those who want to have custody or visitation rights to their children may improve their chances of doing so by acting like an adult.

Individuals who are seeking alimony or child support payments will want to make sure that they are respectful to their former partner. This is because saying negative things about that person could ruin his or her reputation. Ultimately, it could be difficult for that individual to find or keep a job. Without the ability to earn a living, that person may not be able to pay child support regularly or make alimony payments.

Ideally, individuals will avoid talking about their divorces on social media. This is because friends, family members or other interested parties can likely see what is being posted. In some cases, abusive or derogatory posts or other content will be saved to be used as evidence in a divorce proceeding. The evidence that opposing counsel receives could undermine a person’s ability to obtain a timely or favorable settlement.

Even if a divorce is amicable, it may still be a good idea to hire a family law attorney to help with the proceeding. An attorney may be able to help a person learn more about how marital property is divided or how the state determines if he or she is entitled to alimony. Legal counsel might also advise a client to remain off of social media or limit social media use until a case is over.