Often, divorce cases are emotional, and the main goal is to determine child custody and support and divide the assets and debts of the parties as quickly and efficiently as possible. However, there is information to be gathered, and the timing of dissolution cases can be extended as the case progresses.
During the dissolution process, there are several “torpedoes” that may negatively impact one’s case. By avoiding these pitfalls, it may make the dissolution process a bit smoother, and one’s case more secure.
1. Social Media:
Social media has permeated daily life, and posting pictures and making comments can now be accomplished in real time. However, these sites can lead to problems in a dissolution case. For example, if a parent posts pictures of drinking or makes comments about going out during their parenting time, this may be used by the other parent in Court. If you do not shut down social media all together, be extremely careful with what is posted and when, and be aware that even if settings are private, it may still wind up in Court.
Especially as a dissolution matter continues on for several weeks or months, parties may begin to date or start relationships. However, there may be an issue if the significant other becomes involved. It may be that the significant other has a criminal history, or that the children were introduced to the significant other after just a few dates. Be careful in relationships, and understand they may be used as evidence in divorce proceedings.
3. Communication without a Filter:
Divorce is a difficult time, and emotions are often running high. A quick response on email or text that may be taken out of context can create problems in a case. Realize that every communication in writing or otherwise may be used against you. If emotions are running high, take a step back, before something is said that cannot be unsaid.
4. False Allegations:
Along with dissolution matters, there may be legitimate claims of abuse or neglect, which are taken very seriously. However, in some cases, parents begin making allegations against the other which turn out to be untrue or over-exaggeration of a minor event. Due to the severity with which allegations are taken, false allegations can create huge problems, and can ruin one’s credibility, and the life of the other parent. It may affect parenting time or custody, and can cause irreparable harm for the party making false allegations. If there is a concern about abuse or neglect, contact the proper authorities.
We hope that this blog post has been helpful in exploring some common “torpedoes” which could negatively impact a divorce case. This blog is not intended as legal advice. Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. practices throughout the state of Indiana. This blog was written by attorney, Jessica Keyes.