Today is Pink Shirt Day, an annual event started by two Nova Scotia boys who took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a 9th grade student by distributing pink T-shirts. Bullying is not just a major problem in the classroom or on the internet, it exists everywhere and it can also be a major problem in relationships and marriages as well. Within the context of a marriage, bullying can take many forms. It can be emotional and physical, and it can be the husband or the wife that plays the role of the bully.
Once couples decide to separate, often a partner who has rarely displayed bullying behaviour in the past may begin to do so during the divorce process. We at Hart Legal refer to those individuals as “Divorce Bullies”. Divorce bullies can be extremely difficult to deal with and will make the divorce process even more challenging, especially when there are young children involved. The bullying may not rise to the level of domestic violence, but may be more subtle. Some signs of bullying include, lying about past incidents in order to make you look bad, threatening to take full custody of the children, or withholding money and refusing to pay bills.
A divorce lawyer with extensive experience in dealing with bullies will be the most effective way of stopping a divorce bully, or at the least minimizing the bullying tactics. If you find yourself the victim of divorce bullying, please contact the team of experienced lawyers at Hart Legal in our Victoria, Vancouver or Calgary office.