You may be considering filing for divorce, but your partner might want to do everything possible to prevent this from happening. However, you may realize that your marriage will simply not work and intend to part ways. However, your partner might try to make the divorce more difficult or may even try to retaliate against you. This is especially likely if you have children together. If this is the case, you may want to speak with a divorce lawyer about what you should do in response.
The Refusal to Sign Divorce Papers
A divorce is much more efficient if your partner signs the divorce papers. However, if your partner refuses to do so, you will still be able to move forward with your divorce. You do not need permission from your partner to have a divorce.
Working with an Attorney
While speaking with your divorce attorney, you can start planning your divorce so that you can protect your own interests. If you choose to take your time, your partner will have time to process the divorce and may eventually agree to divorce amicably.
However, if your partner still refuses to respond to your divorce, you may be able to receive a default divorce. A judge will prefer to have both partners involved in the divorce and will not allow you to file for a secret divorce. However, if your partner is not cooperative, and enough time has passed, you will then be able to have a court hearing and discuss the divorce with the judge.
Your Court Hearing
Your divorce lawyer will be able to assist you in the court hearing. The judge might ask you a few questions. However, afterward, you will be able to end your marriage.
What to Do About Parental Alienation
If you have children together, one approach your ex might take is to engage in what is referred to as "parental alienation". Your partner might badmouth you to your children or may try to manipulate your children to turn them against you. This could be done for a variety of reasons, from venting to retaliating against you. However, this action can have a devastating impact on your relationship with your children.
You should speak with your divorce lawyer if you believe that you are the victim of parental alienation. There are legal steps you can take to protect your family and go through with your divorce.