There are different challenges that couples may have to work through when it comes to the end of their marriage. Some couples may have challenges related to their current financial circumstances or their financial future (child support, alimony and employment issues), and many have to deal with stress involving their children. However, some people have a hard time before their divorce because of their marital partner. For example, a spouse may disagree with their partner’s choice to end the marriage, and they may become combative and harass their spouse.

If you are being harassed by your spouse after informing them of your decision to get a divorce, it is important to protect yourself and do what you can to resolve the situation in an amicable manner (if at all possible). Communication can help, but sometimes no amount of discussion will smooth things out and a spouse will be very bitter.

Sometimes, a bitter spouse may subject their partner to relatively minor harassment, such as name-calling or other types of hostile behavior. This can make things more difficult, but people should set these challenges aside and focus on their divorce as well as their future. In other instances, harassment may be far more serious, and it may involve threats, false allegations and destroying one’s reputation on the internet. If your spouse has become very hostile and you are concerned about the behavior, you may need to take preventative measures and look into other options (such as obtaining a restraining order). Regardless, harassment should never get in the way of someone’s decision to file for a divorce.