Almost all divorces are initiated due to hurtful incidences and disputes between spouses. Therefore, there is always going to be a certain level of conflict during divorce proceedings, even when both spouses are mature and are committed to an amicable process.
However, in certain situations, a divorce can be particularly difficult to the point where it could be considered to be toxic. A toxic divorce could be defined as a divorce in which only one party is committing to sensibly resolving the issues presented to finalize the divorce. In other words, when one party is refusing to cooperate, behaving in a threatening, angry and harassing way, and being almost impossible to work with, this can be considered a toxic divorce.
Luckily, with the right planning, tools and strategy, even the most toxic of divorces can be resolved to protect your interests as the cooperating party. The following are some tips for handling a toxic divorce effectively.
Make sure that legal remedies are in place to protect you and your loved ones
In some cases, the uncooperative party is being stubborn and difficult to work with, but is not displaying confrontational or aggressive behavior. In others, they may be engaging in harassment or stalking, and they may even be making threats toward you. In this case, you should prioritize both your physical and mental well-being by putting in place an order of protection.
Remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint
Typically, toxic divorces take much longer than the average divorce because the toxic party is unwilling to agree on any given solution. This can be frustrating for the other party, and it is important that they are able to keep a focus on the long-term goal while taking care of their daily physical and emotional needs.
If you are going through a toxic divorce, it is of prime importance that you are proactive in your approach to putting a divorce strategy in place.