HOW TO REALLY, REALLY MESS UP YOUR DIVORCE!! – By a MN Family Attorney
March 13, 2009
Divorce Suicide – Discussed by a Minnesota Family Lawyer
Everyone has had a stressful time and *almost* everyone has had occasion to think back on how we might have done things better at some crucial moment. Legacy planning — drawing up your will, setting up a trust for your special needs or minor child – is stressful, but you have to do it. Obtaining a divorce, fighting for the alimony or child support you need, protecting you child with proper custody arrangements – is stressful, but if you have to do it, you have to. I’ve given a lot of advice on this blog – some of it helpful, I hope! – but it has occurred to me that sometimes a bit of *negative* advice is in order. So, here are few ways you can really really mess up your divorce. Enjoy!
1. Put your head in the sand, drink away and drug away your problems, leave town unannounced, quit your job, quit your friends, quit your insurance – then that SOB / tramp will be sorry! And, they’ll *have* to pay you alimony!
2. Misdirect your anger, blame the messenger — your attorney — for the message — divorce is often necessarily painful,
3. Make off-the-wall demands. Make your case the vehicle for revenge, for making the other side suffer, really suffer. Threaten that you will take your ex-to-be for every penny, ensure that he / she never sees the kids again, absolutely guarantee that they get absolutely nothing from the house, the lake house, both cars and the 401K too!
4. Get hysterical in general. Blame somebody, anybody, everybody, for everything!
5. Accuse your attorney of working for the other side, refuse to help your attorney prepare your case, stiff your attorney for their bill, take legal advice from some guy you met last Friday night in a bar and disregard your attorney’s advice.
6. Insist upon impossible and impractical results. Make your case the vehicle for resolving global warming, ending injustice to men (or women), establishing some abstract rule of some higher law over everyone, or some such.
7. Disobey Court Orders
8. Kidnap the children.
That’s it! We hope you have enjoyed – and learned from – the above. We know divorce can hurt. We know making out your will, drawing up a trust, planning your estate, can be disturbing and uncomfortable. Summing it all up, recognize your fears and hopes and take the steps you need to do what is best for you and your loved ones.
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