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Strategies to consider when facing property division threats

As most Rhode Island residents are likely aware, divorce can be an emotionally tumultuous time. Though it affects everyone differently, divorce can throw some spouses into a fit of anger and emotional upheaval, making it difficult for the other spouse to keep a level head. Sometimes threats are thrown around -- the spouse who is emotionally acting out may threaten to hire an expensive lawyer, take custody of children or lay claim to all of the couple's assets. When these threats are levied, it is important to be aware of the laws and rights involved to determine whether the threats are merely idle or are, in fact, serious.

In these types of situations, one of the more important actions a spouse can take is to begin writing down all of the threats. By keeping a record of what is said, this can later be used in helping to determine the validity of the threats. With the help of a legal professional, these notes can be a key factor in devising a strong legal strategy.

Once the nature of the threats is clearly understood, it is then helpful to come to a clear understanding of the laws involved. The spouse's threats often do not matter as much when a strong divorce strategy is formed that takes into consideration the various state and federal laws involved. For example, the fact that Rhode Island is an equitable distribution state, and a judge helps to fairly divide marital property, can be a useful piece of knowledge when the property division element of the divorce plan is being formed.

A legal professional with an up-to-date understanding of every aspect of family law can be helpful. This professional can determine what threats are relevant and what are the strongest actions to take.

Source: Forbes, "How To Cope With Your Husband's Financial Threats During Divorce," Jeff Landers, Jan. 8, 2014

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