Going through the dissolution of marriage process can really bring out the bad in people. It is not something that is totally unexpected as fear and stress simply have that affect on some individuals. Unfortunately, when going through a high asset divorce in Pennsylvania or elsewhere, one’s spouse may try bullying techniques in order to get his or her way, leaving one with less than what one is entitled to receive. Sadly, this happens more often than not, but one does not have to give into a spouse’s bullying.
While there are those couples who are able to amicably come to divorce terms, others will end up fighting things out in court or spend a really long time negotiating settlements with the assistance of legal counsel. Dragging out or delaying a divorce can be a type of bullying. It is one spouse’s way of trying to keep some level of control over his or her partner. Other types of bullying seen during the dissolution process include using children as leverage, withholding monetary assets, filing false claims or failing to follow court orders — among others.
When being bullied by a soon-to-be ex, it almost seems easier to just give them what they want so that one can just move on already. Doing this, though, can have long-term consequences. Giving a little may be necessary to help reduce or end the bullying, but at the end of the day, one should still be able to walk away from the marriage with a fair settlement.
Dealing with a bullying spouse can be challenging. Thankfully, this is something that one does not have to go through alone. With the assistance of an experienced attorney, a Pennsylvania resident who is going through a high asset divorce can take all the right steps to tackle the bullying and still achieve a balanced dissolution agreement.
Source: Chicago Tribune, “Column: How to handle a bully in divorce court“, Jackie Pilossoph, May 31, 2017