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Malicious Moves During Divorce Process Can Backfire Legally
Ending a marriage can be an emotional process, and many people can respond by getting competitive or downright mean. While being fair, firm and thoughtfully aggressive can pay off in a divorce, getting too greedy and trying to take advantage of the other party can backfire. Here are some malicious moves, often done out of anger, that can have negative family law consequences for Colorado divorcees.
Since many spouses have intertwined finances, it makes sense that those who try to hurt one another might do so financially. While there is nothing wrong with fighting for one’s fair share in a divorce, cutting the purse strings in an abrupt and vindictive manner could end poorly in court. For example, canceling all credit cards or taking absolutely everything out of the house when leaving is not a good starting point for a fair divorce.
Undermining a spouse’s professional life or publicly embarrassing them is also a dangerous move. For example, someone who gets his or her former spouse fired may have difficulty winning alimony in family court. Or, someone who posts inappropriate accusations about an ex on social media could find him- or herself in hot water during a custody battle. Keeping a divorce as private as possible is a good idea for those looking to save face and get the best outcome.
There are many other malicious moves that can end poorly in a divorce. Moving out of state with the kids, cutting off utilities or revealing an affair can all also be detrimental in the end. Having a trusted family lawyer involved in a divorce can help people maintain their composure and focus on the important issues throughout a split.