It is an unfortunate fact that not all marital separations are amicable. Some experts have noted the prevalence of the so-called divorce bully, a spouse who has previously not exhibited bullying behaviors but begins to do so during the course of a divorce. Thankfully, there are ways for Connecticut residents to deal with this difficult and often frustrating situation.
Bullying in a divorce situation differs considerably from the behaviors exhibited on the schoolyard. Often, it is subtle — being dishonest about past incidents in an effort to cast false blame and threatening to fight for full custody of dependent children are but a few examples. Divorce bullies prey on the fears and insecurities of their partners, and they are often intimately aware of those insecurities.
While there are several personal routes to take when dealing with a divorce bully — for example, maintaining good health and staying safe in more extreme cases — there are also legal options available. Keeping a full record of the bullying incidents can help prove the case in a court of law. Additionally, considering mediation and other alternative dispute resolution options can help to smooth an otherwise rough road to a settlement agreement.
Divorce is already difficult enough without a spouse making it even harder, but sadly, this is a reality for many Connecticut residents. Thankfully, a great deal of support is available to those struggling with these issues. In seeking it out, a spouse becomes empowered to move forward in a positive way toward a happier and healthier future.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Coping With a Divorce Bully”, Dec. 2, 2015