Chicago, IL – It seems that the toxic swamp waters of Washington D.C. are trickling down into divorce courts throughout the nation. According to 41% of members in a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), the current political climate has worsened the tone of divorces. In all, 54% of the attorneys cite an increase in the number of contentious divorce cases during the past three years, while 52% find that divorcing spouses are becoming more hostile.
“The divorce process is one of the most emotionally stressful experiences that someone can go through. As reflected in our current political discourse, many of these cases seem to be increasingly losing a sense of cooperation and collaboration,” said John Slowiaczek, president of the AAML. “All too often, estranged spouses will only focus on their differences and points of contention. Unfortunately, the negative tone being generated from our nation’s capital further encourages this spiral of dysfunction.”
In order to ensure a more constructive divorce, Slowiaczek advises that spouses try to avoid automatically assuming that the other side has improper motives. It is best to focus on the facts and the numbers rather than suspecting the opposing spouse is always out to get you. He recommends keeping a steady focus on the end goals and being able to walk away from some of the small stuff during negotiations. Overall, Slowiaczek feels that the spouses should aspire to look at themselves in the mirror at the end of the divorce and know that they behaved with dignity and integrity.
Founded in 1962, the mission of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) is to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law. Comprised of the top 1,650 matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation, members are recognized leaders in the areas of matrimonial law, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, legal separation, annulment, custody, property valuation and division, support, and the rights of unmarried couples. The 1,650 AAML Fellows across the United States are generally recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill, and integrity and enjoy a reputation for professionalism, competence, and integrity.