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Bullying may pose serious issues during divorce

Divorce in New Jersey can be a painful experience both financially and emotionally, even when two people agree to end the marriage amicably. The separation, however, can be especially devastating if one's spouse ends up being a divorce bully. A few tips may help people to cope effectively with a bullying future ex-spouse.

Bullying takes many forms during a divorce. For instance, a spouse might lie about previous incidents with the goal of making one look bad. He or she might also make threats about trying to get full custody of the kids or keeping one from seeing the children. Other examples of bullying related to divorce are trying to isolate a person from his or her family members and friends.

When someone is experiencing bullying during a divorce proceeding, it may be beneficial to work with a divorce mediator. Mediation is one alternative method of addressing divorce disputes that does not involve litigation. The goal of a mediator is to defuse emotional and tense situations, which is why this type of professional may be particularly helpful in a divorce bully situation.

Divorce can be complicated, but an applied understanding of the law may help people to navigate the process as efficiently as possible. If the parties are not able to see eye to eye through mediation or divorce negotiation, a judge will have to make important decisions for them in areas such as property distribution and asset division. Both parties have the right to fight for their best interests during this type of family law proceeding in New Jersey.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Coping With a Divorce Bully", Dec. 2, 2015

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