While they are not too common, it is possible that your spouse may attempt a dirty divorce tactic while you are both going through a divorce. These tactics can cause major issues in your life, so it would be best to consult with an experienced attorney if you find your spouse guilty of one. Fortunately, if you hire the right lawyer, he/she will have experience navigating how to best approach these tactics. Today, we go over some of the ways your spouse may try to seek revenge during a divorce.
Your spouse tries to use your kids against you
If your spouse tries to turn your children against you by speaking badly about you, telling false stories, or convincing them that the divorce was your fault, it is time to have a serious discussion with your spouse and your lawyer. It is one thing to speak badly about you to your face, it is another thing entirely to do so in front of your children and sway their viewpoints.
Your spouse tries to embarrass you
Your spouse may attempt to share the news of your divorce with everyone you know and paint you as the bad guy/girl in the scenario. He/she may even serve your divorce papers in an embarrassing way, such as by delivering them to you at work or while you are at the spa. There is even the possibility that your spouse will threaten to leak private images or messages you two shared while you were happily married.
Your spouse purposefully wastes marital assets
There is a difference between a spouse who occasionally makes an expensive purchase and one who, after hearing you want a divorce, goes out and buys another home, two cars, and a brand-new wardrobe. Wasteful spending may include but is not limited to the following:
- Lavish vacations
- Buying additional homes
- Purchasing expensive gifts
- Getting elective surgeries
- Using martial funds to pay for personal items or renovations on separate property
Your spouse attempts to hide assets from you
If you suspect that your spouse is hiding bank accounts, property, businesses, real estate, or other assets from you, you will need to speak with your attorney as soon as possible. Your lawyer will help create a plan of action.
Your spouse tries to avoid paying spousal support
It is also a possibility that your spouse may try to evade paying child support payments. This is not legally allowed and has severe consequences for those individuals who purposefully try to avoid paying support payments. Both parents are legally required to help support their child financially until he/she is an adult.
If you find yourself in a situation where you must deal with a dirty divorce tactic, contact our office online or call us at (407) 753-4111 to schedule a consultation today.