Once an Illinois couple has decided to get divorced, both partners usually want the divorce to end as soon as possible. Although sometimes delays in the legal system are inevitable and complications arise, when spouses work cooperatively, divorce does not need to take longer than the time it takes to resolve all relevant issues.
However, sometimes one spouse will try to use divorce proceedings to manipulate the other spouse. They may contest the divorce or try to drag on negotiations to keep their spouse from getting what they want out of the divorce or from beginning a new life without them. If your spouse is using your divorce negotiations to manipulate you or postpone the divorce, here are some things you can do that may help.
Plan Carefully Before Filing
While this tip may only be helpful to those who have not yet filed, if you anticipate that your spouse may become manipulative during your divorce, preparing carefully before filing for divorce may save you significant trouble later on. Getting documents and arranging your finances before you announce divorce may prevent a spouse from trying to keep these things from you in the future....