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When your spouse delays your divorce

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2021 | Connecticut Family Law Blog, Divorce, Family Law |

Divorce is tough on any couple, but it can be extremely difficult when one spouse refuses to participate in the legal process.

While you may be ready to move on with your life, your spouse may have ulterior motives that prevent you from achieving a successful split.

Common delay tactics

There could be several reasons a spouse is uncooperative and unreasonable in divorce proceedings. Maybe the desire to end the union is one-sided. In a high-asset marriage, there may be bitter feelings about property division and spousal support. Depending on the events leading up to the separation, there could be lingering anger catalyzing vindictive behavior. Some recognizable delay tactics include:

  • Avoiding the initial service of divorce papers
  • Being unresponsive by phone or email
  • Rescheduling meetings frequently
  • Filing frivolous motions
  • Changing attorneys often

These strategies not only prolong the legal process but also lead to mental, emotional and financial stress.

The court’s response

When the reality of divorce sets in, it can turn the person you thought you knew best into someone you hardly recognize. If you are unsuccessful in getting your spouse to cooperate in settlement discussions, then it may be necessary for the judge presiding over your divorce case to intervene on your behalf. Fortunately, courts are adept at identifying delay tactics and can impose sanctions or issue default judgments against antagonizing parties.

If unresolved issues are prolonging your proceedings, you need to know what to expect in a Connecticut divorce court. You deserve to end this chapter and move on with your life as quickly as possible.