Getting a divorce can be one of the most challenging and emotional times in life. Far too often, we see clients hurting their case by letting their anger with their spouse get in the way of making rational decisions. No matter what you or your spouse did to “cause” the divorce, it should not be used as an excuse to rack up debt or spend money in an irresponsible manner. Even if a divorce has not been filed yet, these actions can be brought to the Court’s attention during the divorce, and you could be forced to not only account for every dollar spent, but reimburse your spouse for 50% of every dollar spent or incurred irresponsibly.
Similarly, do not take out your anger by damaging your spouse’s property or threatening a spouse’s new significant other. These actions can be used against you when the Court makes custody determinations and allocates parental responsibilities. The ability of each spouse to facilitate a close and continuing relationship between the children and the other parent is a major factor considered in custody cases. Don’t let one angry mistake be the determining factor in your case.