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Understanding your ex’s behavior during asset division

On Behalf of | May 3, 2019 | Family Law

It’s unfortunately common for spouses to become hostile toward each other during the divorce process. This hostility can cause petty arguments and unnecessary stress. Typically, divorcing spouses who are able to collaborate in a civilized way get the most positive outcome from a divorce.

If you are struggling to find ways to go through the asset division process in a civilized manner, you may be feeling completely alienated by the behavior of your ex. While you do not have to justify the way that they are behaving, taking the time to interpret and reflect on the meaning behind the behavior may help you to manage your own emotions.

Research has shown that husbands and wives behave differently during a divorce

Research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania has found that during asset division, men and women tend to act with different goals and intentions. Women tend to be more focused on maintaining relationships and keeping communication civil. On the other hand, divorcing husbands were found to be more likely to have a primary focus on achieving task-specific goals.

These disjointed efforts in the asset division process can create disharmony between spouses. It can mean that women do not gain the assets that they truly deserve because they are more concerned with maintaining relationships. Third parties can help spouses to understand the differences in their behavior so that they can arrive at fair settlements.

If you want to make sure that you get the divorce settlement that you deserve, it is important that you understand the law so that you can use it to your advantage.