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How can I cope with a difficult spouse during a divorce?

Sometimes you get lucky and your Massachusetts divorce goes smoothly and quickly. You and your spouse agree easily and there is no fighting. However, that is not always the norm. Often, you will end up dealing with a spouse who is difficult. He or she may not agree to anything you want or may seem to fight you at every turn. This can make for a difficult divorce.

According to the Huffington Post, a difficult spouse can drag out a divorce, costing you a lot more time and money than should be necessary. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help get through the process more smoothly and minimize the stress. 

Your first step should be relying on your attorney to act as a neutral party in all communications. This prevents your spouse from attacking you to try to start arguments anytime you need to settle something or make a decision. You also need to avoid bringing up things from the past. This can cause needless aggrevation and lead to more issues. Just focus on moving through the divorce process and making decisions that affect things right now.

You need to also keep good documentation. Try to always have a witness or someone around when you are interacting. Get things in writing if your spouse makes an agreement or offer. Keep records of all money that changes hands. Having this documented proof can be helpful if your spouse tries to deny things or change his or her mind later in the process. This information is for education only and is not intended as legal advice.  

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