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What to do with an ex who won't play nice

Going through a nasty divorce or child custody battle can be emotionally taxing and expensive. This is especially true when your soon-to-be ex is set on making you feel miserable through the process. It is not uncommon for jilted exes to ignore discovery requests, refuse to participate in mediation sessions or badger you with nitpicking text messages or emails. All of which can drive up the costs of legal proceedings.

Despite the nastiness and ill nature, there is a way to persevere. This post will provide some helpful tips.

Always take the moral high ground – Take into account how your actions will be viewed by the court, by your peers and most importantly, by your kids. If you take the moral high ground, you are less likely to be sucked into petty arguments that can morph into disasters.

It’s a plan – There are some people who believe that if they can be as cantankerous as possible and slow the process down, the other side will simply give up in frustration (or they will run out of money). Keep this in mind the next time you get a slew of hateful emails or pushback to mediated solutions.

Keep a journal – It’s easy to get caught up in the minutiae of “he said, she said” over the course of months. Because of this, keeping a running journal will help in keeping your experiences straight in the event you have to explain them to the court.

The preceding is not legal advice. If you have questions about your specific situation, an experienced family law attorney can help. 

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