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How to detoxify your divorce

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2024 | Divorce

If there was already toxicity in a marriage while the relationship was at its best, you’re more likely to have a divorce process that follows suit. Here are some key things to remember if you’re dealing with a high-conflict divorce in Massachusetts to help you handle the process as best you can.

When your ex isn’t a team player

In the event of an amicable divorce, couples can often work together throughout the proceedings because they both want what’s best for the other. This is especially true when there are kids involved.

But if you’re dealing with a toxic person, it’s a completely different story. Finalizing a high-conflict divorce can be an uphill battle with resistance at every possible point as your ex attempts to maintain control.

Toxic behavior might mean different things to different people. You must find your definition and what it means to you to recognize it and prevent it from poisoning your life. In general, toxic people try to manipulate others and escalate every negative situation they’re involved in.

Leave nothing to chance

When you write out your arrangements for the divorce, it’s crucial to be as specific as possible to avoid unpleasant surprises. For instance, if you’re working on a parenting plan, make sure you know exactly when and where the kids will be picked up and dropped off each week.

Try your best to predict the ways your ex-spouse’s toxicity may influence the divorce process. This will help you prepare for the struggle ahead and may even enable you to find ways to mitigate these predicted scenarios as they arise.

Remember that abusive behavior may escalate to serious offenses such as stalking and harassment. This can extend beyond the ex-spouse to their family, friends and anyone close to them.

Don’t be surprised if you feel utterly spent by the end of the process and along every step of the way. During those moments, it’s best to go easy on yourself. It’s easy to become too focused on the situation and forget about self-care. Even if it’s something as simple as a spa day or a cat nap, taking these moments for yourself can help you be more mindful and better equipped to handle this challenging divorce.