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Divorce courts aren't made for revenge

For people in Georgia considering divorce, especially in contentious cases involving infidelity or abuse, it can be tempting to go on the attack against a former spouse in the courtroom. This is especially the case when there are substantial marital assets or child custody issues. However, in many cases, trying to seek righteous victory in divorce court can be more painful than its benefits.

For divorcing parents, a drawn-out divorce battle in court can be deeply painful to the kids. Exposing the children to the intimate details of a divorce can be extremely stressful and difficult for them to handle. During a parental divorce, it can be important to support the children as much as possible, and that means not undermining their other parent and the relationship they have with them. Unless abuse or neglect is involved, children of divorcing parents need their relationships with both parents.

In addition, the psychological effects of revenge are often short lived. While people often show an immediate sense of pleasure after a revengeful action, studies show that the long-term effects of revenge fade quickly and can extend bad feelings, preventing both parties from moving forward. More practically, however, divorce court isn't a space that was created for revenge. While a lengthy process is difficult for everybody, it is equally difficult for all participants. Most states have guidelines about child custody, spousal support and asset distribution that are based on clear rules, not on marital fault.

Rather than seeking revenge in the courtroom, a family law attorney can work to defend the rights of a divorcing spouse and protect their assets, including their right to custody of the children and a fair distribution of assets. A lawyer can provide strong representation in divorce settlement negotiations and in the courtroom.

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