Divorce is never easy for a Texas couple, even when both parties say they are committed to proceeding through the process in an amicable manner. However, this process can be especially difficult when one spouse is displaying passive-aggressive tendencies. This type of behavior makes everything more complicated, and it can be especially harmful when children witness it or when it affects child custody decisions.
This type of behavior sometimes manifests in a spouse who did not want to divorce or believes he or she was wronged somehow. The feelings of hurt and confusion may manifest in a way that makes it difficult to have productive conversations or negotiate reasonably on a custody and visitation schedule. A passive-aggressive individual will often try and be the victim, blame others, avoid conversations or act emotionally.
When this behavior appears during divorce, it often impacts the children. The passive-aggressive spouse may try to undermine the other parent, speak poorly about him or her, stop disciplining the children and refuse to implement rules. The end result is that the kids may prefer the passive-aggressive parent because of this influence and a home atmosphere without rules.
Child custody and visitation are some of the most difficult aspects of a divorce. Texas parents who are trying to work through these issues while also dealing with a passive-aggressive spouse may find it helpful to work with an experienced attorney. With guidance and support from a third party, it will be easier to confront these tactics and successfully pursue terms that will make sense for the family long term.