Like many other Florida residents, it may have taken you a considerable amount of time to decide to move forward with ending your marriage. You may have weighed the pros and cons over and over to ensure that you would not make matters worse or make the wrong decision either way. Still, you know you will have a long road ahead of you as you work to dissolve the marriage.

Divorce takes time. Depending on the specific details of your case, you could face more complications than other people. For instance, if you have kids, you will need to go through child custody proceedings, and if your soon-to-be ex is particularly hostile about the divorce, you may have to contend with considerable conflict.

Issues of divorce

It may help you to better prepare and handle the possible effects of divorce if you understand certain issues that could arise ahead of time. In particular, as a parent, one of the biggest issues you may have to contend with during and after divorce is having continual interaction with your ex. Because you have children together, you and your ex will always have a connection, and depending on your custody arrangements, you may have to see your ex on a relatively regular basis.

The hostility that your ex displays during the divorce case may not come to an end after your case is completed. As a result, you may still have to worry about him or her trying to pick fights during custody exchanges or otherwise continuing behaviors that may have led to your divorce in the first place. In this type of scenario, you may need to find avenues for lessening the likelihood of conflict, such as only allowing communication through email or texts or having a third-party present during custody exchanges.

Changes in the kids

Because divorce is such a major life change, it is likely that you will see some changes in your children as well. They may struggle to adapt to the new arrangements, and they may express emotions in ways that are not typical for them. As a parent, you certainly want to do what you can to help the transition go as smoothly as possible. 

However, if it seems as if your children are acting particularly hostile toward you and favoring the other parent, you may have concerns that the other parent is trying to poison the kids against you or assert unnecessary control over them.

Dealing with these issues

Having a hostile ex can create a number of issues during and after divorce. If you believe that your ex-spouse may be inflicting harmful influences over your children, that information could play a part in your child custody arrangements. In some cases, seeking sole custody from the start or pursuing modifications to court orders may be necessary to protect the well-being of the kids.