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5 Ways to Know If You Can Expect a High-Conflict Divorce

5 Signs Of A High-Conflict Divorce

Getting a divorce is already a difficult process, but adding an uncooperative spouse to the equation can be a recipe for a very unfavorable divorce case. That said, what makes a divorce high-conflict?

A high-conflict divorce, in some cases, is the result of both parties not being able to resolve their issues or agree on the terms of their divorce once the case begins. If you believe your divorce will be difficult, here are some signs you should look for.

1. You or the Other Party Has to Be Right (All the Time) on Everything

Do you and your partner have a hard time compromising because you both think you are right? The inability to agree on anything and proving who’s right can cause issues in your divorce.

If your partner pushes their requests off on you in order to have a better outcome in the divorce for themselves, it can seem impossible to get them to agree on certain terms. However, a divorce attorney can help you push for what is fair for you in your divorce.

2. They Always Bring Up Past Wrongs to Rehash Them

Bringing up the past is a way for your ex to push the blame onto you for the divorce. Playing the blame game in a high-conflict divorce is an excuse to try to make you seem solely responsible and could be a tactic to gain sympathy from others.

When your spouse rehashes past occurrences without working to resolve the current conflict you’re facing, they may be trying to create a scenario that can allow them to place more blame on you for a favorable outcome in your divorce.

3. They Hide Information

Does your spouse often try to deceive you or hide the truth? If your spouse has always displayed deceitful behavior, they will most likely continue to lie going into your divorce.

There’s a possibility that they will try to hide assets and property during the divorce. Hiding assets or concealing assets can be difficult to find and uncover without the help of a professional divorce attorney.

An attorney can help you find the right resources and explain where you can look for public records or for documents that may name any hidden assets that can be divided during your divorce.

4. They Have a Psychological or Mental Health History

Mental illness is very common in adults and isn’t something that should be looked at negatively or be ashamed of. If your spouse has a known history of a certain mental illness or has shown signs of mental health issues, this could result in a difficult divorce.

Narcissists, people with borderline personality disorders, and other similar psychological behaviors don’t always believe that rules should apply to them. For example, they may be more impulsive or focused on themselves and what they want while detaching themselves from how their actions affect you.

5. They’re Physically or Emotionally Abusive

Any form of abuse should never be taken lightly, especially if they are displaying abusive behavior during your divorce process. They may try to bully you into agreeing to terms in the divorce that you don’t think are favorable to you.

Abuse is taken seriously in court and, in some cases, a judge may choose to side with you in the divorce if there’s a history of abuse. If your spouse is abusing or bullying you, you should immediately let your attorney know and dial emergency services (such as 911) for help if you feel your life is in danger.

Your attorney can help you if you want to request custody of your kids, spousal support, child support, and more.

Rely On an Experienced High-Conflict Divorce Attorney

A high-conflict divorce can put you in uncomfortable positions during and after your divorce is final. Myres & Associates has a team of attorneys that are knowledgeable and experienced in guiding clients and helping them collaborate through a difficult divorce.

To get started on your divorce, call us today at (713) 322-9810.