Divorce is not an overnight process, and that can lead to a lot of problems. After you tell your spouse that you want to split up, they have plenty of time to take actions that prove detrimental to you. Feeling frustrated and even angry, many people try to lash out at their significant other as the relationship ends.
It is very important to know what your spouse should and should not do at this time. To help, here are six things they can't do:
- Ignore any court orders. Even temporary court orders -- like those regarding child custody -- must be followed.
- Remove children from the country or even the local court's jurisdiction. Parental abduction is a real issue when parents fear they will lose custody.
- Destroy property that you both own. They may feel like they have a right to do this because they also own it, but that violates your rights and can impact the property division process.
- Transfer property to someone else. This is one of the most cliche ways to try to hide assets, planning to get them back from the third party after the divorce. It is not permitted.
- Harass you or threaten you in any way. It does not matter whether they want to get divorced or not. You have a basic right to safety.
- Keep you from seeing the kids. Parents need to be civil, and they can't infringe on the other parent's right to be with the children.
If your spouse does any of this, you must know what legal steps to take to protect your rights.