Aggressive Western Massachusetts Divorce Lawyers
Don't Be a Victim of Dirty Divorce Tricks
Divorce can be a dirty business when in the hands of spouses and lawyers who play games or employ strategies to gain unfair advantages over the other side. The same applies for angry husbands and wives who insist on "winning" at all costs.
If you feel you have lost control and must take a powerful stance to defend yourself, here are some things you can do to protect yourself and control the other side:
1. Recognize a power play when you see it
2. Do not lose your temper or try to fight fire with fire
3. Be proactive. Plan ways to counter your spouse's tactics
Our Attorneys Provide Zealous Advocacy and Defend Against Improper Strategies and Ploys
With offices throughout Massachusetts, our attorneys are nearby and familiar with your specific courthouse. If you need to win, you need a tough attorney who is not intimidated by opposing counsel. Ask around. Your spouse and his or her attorney will know in an instant that you are serious when they learn that Massachusetts Family Law Group is your law firm.
If your spouse has hired a lawyer, you need to hire one quickly. If you don't, you are an amateur playing against professionals. If you want to interview different attorneys, come watch us in court. Talk to our clients, or call a few who we worked with some months ago. You'll hear it for yourself!
Common Tricks Lawyers and Spouses Sometimes Pull
- Taking money out of joint bank accounts and put it all into an account in their name alone. This causes bounced checks and bank fees, along with added stress and confusion.
- Using credit cards to purchase and stock up on personal items or make large purchases.
- Calling local law enforcement and police agencies, making false allegations that you're abusing them.
- Making false allegations that you are abusing the children.
- Intentionally mailing court documents to the wrong address several times.
- Passing on misinformation in court.
- Wrongfully using ex-parte hearings to gain tactical advantages in court.
- Using exaggerations to mislead the judge regarding the spouse's level of cooperation, or wrongly construing attempts to resolve issues as harassment.
- Pressuring you to move out of the marital home by making your life unbearable, and later claiming you abandoned the home.
How to Cope With Anger
Having tricks used against you are one thing, but when matters escalate to anger, consider this a warning signal. Pay attention to it and try to figure out what must be done. If you become in imminent fear of physical harm or bodily injury, consider seeking court intervention by getting a restraining order.
Things Never to Say to Your Spouse
Any sentences that starts with "You will (I will) never…" or "You will (I will) always…" are often used in the heat of the moment. Understand how they make matters worse. Remember, you cannot take back the spoken word.
Claiming that you will work until you die before paying your spouse "a dime of support" won't help your case, nor will promising to quit working if you are ordered to pay support.
Social Networking Dangers
E-mail, social networking, instant messaging and even text messaging can hurt your case. If you're texting, for example, you should know that hitting delete isn't enough to erase the conversation. The phone company often retains records of text conversations for up to 40 days. In a divorce scenario, those records can be requested or subpoenaed into evidence.
When It Comes to Divorce Tricks, There Is No Substitute for Experienced Representation
In the Hampden, Hampshire, Berkshire and Franklin county courts, we can "out lawyer" the competition. No competing firm has as many dedicated and highly skilled divorce and family law attorneys as we do.
We know what we are doing. We know what to expect. Rest assured, we have seen it all, and we've prevailed in cases just like yours, no matter how complex it is.
Contact Our Springfield and Northampton Divorce Attorneys for a Free Consultation
We provide clients with a better game plan and superior execution of that plan. For a no-obligation consultation, contact us at (800) 941-DIVORCE or fill out our online form to request a meeting at any of our local offices.