Denial is Not Your Friend in Divorce

denialSometimes our reaction to difficult or painful situations is to try to ignore them, subconsciously hoping they will go away. Denial is not an uncommon reaction to divorce, but it is a reaction that will cause you problems.

If you and your spouse are having marital problems, closing your eyes and hoping they will go away is not the best course of action. You should either get help to try to resolve them, or be realistic about the future of your marriage. If divorce is where things are headed, the sooner you can get legal advice, the better off you will be. Your attorney can make recommendations about financial issues as well as living arrangements and your relationship with your children that can change the outcome of your case.

If your spouse has already filed for divorce and you’ve been served with papers, ignoring them is not a solution. Once you are served with divorce papers, you have a limited amount of time in which to respond to them. If you fail to timely respond, the case may proceed without you, as an uncontested divorce. This means the judge will only hear your spouse’s side of things and will only be asked for what your spouse wants when it comes to spousal support, custody, child support, and property division. It is essential that you have a chance to tell the court what you want and need and what you think is fair. The only way to do this is to respond to the papers and legally appear in the divorce.

If you’ve been served with divorce papers, call the Sampair Group. We regularly represent clients in Mesa, Glendale, and Phoenix in divorce and family law cases and are here to help you.