Readers of this blog may be all too aware of the details regarding the recently announced divorce between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. In light of their split after just over a year of marriage, media outlets have been reporting allegations of abuse, drug use and other salacious behaviors regularly.
If you are facing the possibility of divorce, stories like these can be enormously upsetting. You can feel as though you too could wind up facing ugly accusations and being put in a position where your very private situation is opened up for public scrutiny. However, there are ways you can protect yourself and keep your divorce from reaching celebrity status.
- Consider mediation: One of the best ways to keep divorce from getting ugly and contentious is to try to resolve matters peacefully. With dispute resolution options like mediation, you and your ex can work together to settle divorce-related matters. By working together, you can both have a vested interest in keeping things civil and quite.
- Refer back to your prenuptial agreement: Some prenups will include clauses that dictate what can and cannot be said and done in the event of a divorce. For example, you may have a social media clause in yours that limits your online communications, which can minimize the potential for details of your divorce to spread.
- Focus on the bigger picture: It may feel good to lash out an an ex or bring up every bad thing he or she has done during your marriage, but doing so may not be wise in the long run. While it is certainly necessary to discuss issues like abuse and chemical dependence, mud slinging for the sake of trying to make an ex look bad could ultimately paint you in a negative light.
- Don’t forget about your kids: Your kids can be significantly impacted by what you do and say during a divorce. Taking the time to consider the situation from your child’s perspective can help you make wise decisions that shield them from the more unpleasant aspects of a divorce.
With these tips in mind, you can play a critical role in avoiding the drama and sensationalism of divorce that we see far too often. You can also consult your attorney for more tips and recommendations for seeking a peaceful divorce.