When people are embroiled in family law cases, being nice is often not their first priority. Instead, people often want to even the score with the opposing party. While the urge to punish the other party for their wrongdoings may be warranted, it is almost always not in your best interest to do so. Here are a few reasons we encourage our clients to be nice:
- Your Kids: Kids watch what we do more than we think. This is especially true when they feel unsure about their future. They may look to you for how the future is going to be for them. Showing them examples of contempt and discord will make them think that that is what their future will amount to.
- Your Health and Well-being: Let your lawyer do the arguing on your behalf. Avoid unnecessary confrontation and the stress that comes with it. Don’t fill your time thinking about revenge and getting even. Instead, focus your energy on things that make you feel happy and healthy.
- Your Case: In most family law cases, negotiation is an important process that can help you obtain fair results. The opposing party will often be more likely to negotiate if they have been treated with respect throughout the proceedings.
Please note, being nice doesn’t mean agreeing to everything the other party is offering. On the contrary, being nice is often the way to get the other party to give you what you want.
Every case is different, and it is important that you speak with an attorney about the best tact to take in your specific case. If you have questions about your family law case, please contact us today.