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A passive aggressive spouse can delay and complicate divorce

On Behalf of | May 11, 2020 | Family Law |

The end of a marriage is difficult, but it can be especially complicated when one spouse finds ways to allow emotions and aggression drive his or her decision-making. Passive-aggressive tendencies can slow down a divorce and make it difficult for a California couple to reach any type of positive resolution to their remaining disputes. This type of behavior can be difficult to confront as it is not overt or obvious.

Passive aggressive behavior may appear from a spouse who did not want a divorce or feels as if he or she was wronged by the other. A need for vengeance or the desire to win can drive a spouse to act irrationally or passive aggressively. This may take the form of making sarcastic comments when trying to have a productive conversation or trying to embarrass the other person on social media, in divorce meetings or in other types of public settings.

Another tactic employed by passive aggressive individuals is delaying and postponing proceedings in an effort to have a measure of control over what is happening. It can be difficult to move forward with negotiations, and delays can be costly and stressful. The spouse acting in this way may do this in an effort to get back or punish the other.

When one spouse is passive aggressive, it makes it difficult to move forward with divorce. To move forward when the other party is being difficult, a California spouse may find it helpful to work with an experienced legal ally. With the right help, it’s possible to reach a settlement or proceed despite the efforts of the other party to control, manipulate or delay the process.

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