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Accepting responsibility can improve property division outcome

The end of a marriage can be a very emotional time, especially in cases in which one spouse feels that he or she has been wronged by the other. When emotions run high, it is not uncommon for a spouse to make every effort to feel vindicated by the property division outcome of a divorce. This urge to "punish" a former partner for perceived wrongdoing can be strong, and it can derail a Texas divorce case.

For spouses who are faced with a former partner who is emotionally distraught by the end of the marriage, the best course of action is to try to defuse the situation. In many cases, this means accepting responsibility for one's choices during the marriage. Often, the slighted party simply wants his or her feelings to be acknowledged. Once the other spouse accepts responsibility, the majority of the driving force behind the contention is removed.

It does not matter if a spouse is actually in the wrong; it is the perception held by the other party that is of importance in this scenario. When an individual feels wronged, attempting to deny that perception is futile. A better approach is to listen to the other person's point of view and take steps to remedy the ill will that lingers. 

A bitter divorce is difficult on a number of levels. It is stressful, and it often takes far longer to resolve. In addition, the legal fees for handling excessive property division negotiations can quickly mount, leaving both parties with fewer financial resources for setting up their new lives. Accepting responsibility for one's actions and choices will not work in every case, but it is an approach that is well worth consideration for many Texas spouses.  

Source: hlntv.com, "The 5 biggest mistakes people make when divorcing", Randy Kessler, Oct. 22, 2015

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