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It may be difficult to divorce a controlling spouse

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2024 | Divorce |

If your spouse is overly controlling, that may be the reason that you’re thinking about a divorce. Maybe you didn’t know that they were so controlling when you got married, but you’ve realized over time that this is just not how you want to live your life.

Unfortunately, the fact that your spouse is controlling can make the divorce, more complicated. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible. But it just means that you need to be ready for the way that your spouse may react. Here are some examples of how overly controlling individuals sometimes complicate divorce proceedings.

They will blame you

First and foremost, your spouse is likely to blame you and act as if you are ruining their life. They may act as if you are always wrong, or they may be unable to accept criticism for their role in the divorce. This means that the divorce proceedings are more likely to be contentious as you divide up property and parenting time.

There could be financial complications

A controlling spouse may not have allowed you to have full access to all of the family’s finances during the marriage. They may be more likely to hide assets during the divorce. They’re just used to managing all of the finances for both of you as a couple, and that’s not going to change during the divorce process.

They may try to manipulate you

Finally, your spouse may try to manipulate you in certain ways to prevent the divorce. Maybe they’ll gaslight you and make you question what’s really happening. Maybe they’ll become very clingy and try to make you feel bad about the divorce.

All of this can make your divorce more contentious and more complicated, but it is still possible. It’s just important for you to understand what legal steps to take.

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