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Can you still like and respect a soon-to-be ex-spouse?

Texas residents probably expect divorce cases to involve quite a bit of emotions and perhaps even ill-will directed between the soon-to-be ex-spouses. After all, these cases are the end of relationships that have, in many instances, lasted for many years and could also involve children from the relationship. Quite a bit of "hard feelings" is expected. But, can you still maintain a good relationship and like and respect the other person during and even after the divorce case?

A recent news article suggested there are a few ways to do this. For starters, the article suggested that expectations of getting emotional "closure" during the divorce process should be tamped down. A divorce is a legal proceeding, not a forum in which to gain vindication for personal feelings. Furthermore, there were likely many emotions involved prior to the divorce case being filed, but there will be even more to address during the divorce process.

Next, the article suggested that, for those couples with children, focusing on those issues prior to focusing on property and asset division may be beneficial. If the primary focus is on the children and their wellbeing, that may be the right mindset to start off.

Lastly, the article noted that to maintain respect and a good relationship with a soon-to-be ex-spouse, it would likely be more beneficial to avoid court standoffs. Addressing as many divorce issues through out-of-court negotiations as possible can make the case less contentious. Divorce mediation may also be a possibility for divorcing couples who believe they may be able to agree on many of the issues that come up in a divorce case.

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