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How Should I Respond if My Spouse Becomes Hostile During Our Divorce?

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Los Gatos, CA high conflict divorce lawyerWhile divorce is rarely an easy process, it can become especially challenging if one spouse begins to act in a hostile manner. If your spouse is attempting to bully or intimidate you into meeting their demands or behaving in a way that increases conflict and makes the divorce process more difficult, you may feel helpless or unsure about how to respond. Fortunately, you can take steps to protect your rights and resolve disputes as smoothly and effectively as possible. By working with an experienced family law attorney, you can be prepared to address your concerns and reach a positive resolution to your divorce case.

Steps You Can Take During a Hostile Divorce 

First and foremost, you will want to be sure you and your family are safe from harm. If your spouse has made any threats against you, your children, or other family members, or if they have behaved in a way that has caused you to fear for your safety, you should speak to your attorney about your options for obtaining an order of protection. An emergency order of protection can be obtained at a court hearing, even if your spouse is not present, and it can prevent your spouse from committing any further acts of abuse or harassment while prohibiting them from contacting you or entering a shared residence. The court can then determine whether long-term protections will need to be put in place throughout the divorce process and beyond.

As you proceed with the divorce process, you may find that hostility by your spouse has made it difficult or impossible to speak with them and work together to resolve your outstanding issues. In these cases, it may be best to avoid contacting them directly, and mediation may not be beneficial, especially if they are not willing to work together with you to reach compromises about divorce-related concerns. Instead, you can communicate with your spouse and their lawyer through your own attorney and work to reach a settlement or resolve disputes in the courtroom.

Another important thing to remember is that you should avoid “rising to the bait” and responding to your spouse’s actions in a similar manner. If your spouse makes outbursts in the courtroom, contacts you in a harassing manner, or shares information about your divorce on social media, your attorney can keep a record of these actions and ensure the court is informed of this inappropriate behavior. If you avoid conflict and behave calmly and professionally, this will likely have a positive impact on your case. 

Contact a Los Gatos, CA Divorce Attorney 

If your spouse behaves in a hostile or inappropriate manner during your divorce, you will want to work with an attorney who understands the best ways to respond. Attorney Benita Ventresca has years of experience helping clients throughout the divorce process, and she will do everything in her power to protect your rights and help you reach a positive outcome to your case. To schedule a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable Los Gatos divorce lawyer, call our office today at 408-395-8822. 

Sources:

https://www.mydomaine.com/things-to-expect-from-an-angry-ex-during-divorce-1102467

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