What Will Get You “Cancelled” in Divorce? Don’t Do These 3 Divorce No-Nos.
Maintaining a civil relationship with your spouse during the divorce process can be a real challenge, but it is worth it in the end. Being civil, if not amicable, during divorce often translates into:
- A faster and smoother transition to your post-divorce life
- A happier co-parenting relationship
- Better-adjusted children
- Thousands of dollars saved in legal fees
3 Divorce Tips So You Don’t Get Cancelled
If you want to keep the relationship with your ex as positive as possible – and stay on the right side of the law – avoid making these three mistakes that are almost certain to get you “cancelled.”
1. Don’t hide marital assets or property.
If you’re worried that your spouse is going to close your joint bank accounts or hide certain assets or property, you might try to get the jump on them by hiding the assets first. Not a good idea. The chances are high that you’ll get caught, and this show of bad faith will not impress your soon-to-be-ex or the judge in case he or she determines who is the rightful owner of the property. To make matters worse, your ex is likely to see it as an act of hostility –Divorcing a high conflict spouse – who might strike back aggressively can send you both down the rabbit hole of litigation, which would be a poor use of money and time.
2. Don’t destroy your spouse’s property.
In movies, we often see furious spouses getting back at their soon-to-be-ex by trashing their car, setting their clothes on fire, or otherwise destroying their property. What we usually don’t see is the spouse getting into legal trouble. But if you destroy your spouse’s property, they could bring criminal mischief charges against you, which is a criminal offense. You might also face a civil lawsuit if your ex decides to sue you to get reimbursed.
3. Don’t take your kids out of state without permission.
You might have an exciting vacation lined up for your kids, but if that idyllic spot is out of state, you need permission from your co-parent to take them. Under New York law, a custodial parent may only remove a minor child from the state, even for vacation, with the non-custodial parent’s consent. If that parent says no for some reason, then you can’t go. Don’t be tempted to cross state lines in secret – you would be putting your custodial rights at risk. Better to find another lovely vacation spot within the state.
Avoid Getting Cancelled in Divorce
Divorce is hard, and family law is complicated. We understand and respect the emotional complexity of divorce and other family law disputes. If you are considering divorce or have any other questions about family law, contact Miller Law Group or call us today at (914)-256-8997.