As painful as splitting up can be, divorce can be a passage to a better or more fulfilling life in Texas. To ensure this happens, it’s up to you and your spouse to make the process as smooth as possible. You will have to set aside your differences and communicate with each other during this difficult time.
If you and your soon-to-be ex are willing to work with each other, set some ground rules for how you will communicate. You might want to agree on the subjects you can discuss, the appropriate times for communication, and the tone you will use. This will make it easier for both of you to communicate without triggering negative emotions during this difficult and sensitive time.
Be careful about what you say
Everything you say (or do) during a divorce has the potential of becoming ammunition against you in legal proceedings. This means that if you say something negative about your spouse in anger, they could use it against you in court. Remember to keep your communications short, civil and to the point to avoid any potential legal issues.
Listen more than you speak
It’s easy to want to rush through a conversation during a divorce, especially if it’s a difficult one. However, it’s important that you take the time to truly listen to what your spouse is saying. Not only will this make them feel heard, but it will also give you a better idea of their position and what they’re looking for in the divorce.
Be honest about your feelings
Divorce is an emotionally charged process, so it’s important that you be honest about your feelings with your spouse. If you’re feeling angry, sad or frustrated, tell them. This will help to avoid any miscommunication and will allow you to work through your emotions together.
While all these tips can be helpful, you should recognize that your spouse may not be willing or able to communicate effectively with you during your divorce. If this is the case, consider working with a mediator or leaving all your important decisions to the court. Divorce is way too delicate to try to go at it alone.