There Is A Time And Place To Talk About Divorce (And It’s Not When You’re Piloting A Plane)

| Mar 8, 2017 | Divorce |

There is no denying that divorce is stressful. There are many emotions that will surface, from sadness to anger to fear. It is only natural that you will want to talk about what you are feeling and thinking. However, it is important that you use caution when and where you talk about it, as was demonstrated recently by a United Airlines pilot.

According to an article from the Washington Post, the pilot boarded the plane in plain clothes, grabbed the intercom and ranted about her divorce, as well as other topics, including race and politics. The outburst made passengers so uncomfortable that they got off the plane before it could take off for fear that the pilot was not fit to fly. What is not mentioned in the article is how such an outburst might impact her divorce case.

Your Words And Your Actions Can Be Used Against You

Especially in contentious divorce cases, there is always the risk that the things you say and do may be used against you by the opposing party. For example, if you go to your job as a pilot and your actions cause you to be removed from the plane, the opposing side may attempt to show that such actions reflect a lack of stability, which in turn might impact your ability to raise your child. This argument could be made in an effort to gain advantage in terms of child custody arrangements.

While this is an extreme example, things like angry outbursts at family gatherings or tirades on Facebook or Twitter have a tendency to find their way into divorce cases. They can be damaging, so they are best avoided. Use care when, where and with whom you speak about your divorce.

You Can Talk To A Family Law Attorney

The information and opinions you provide to your divorce attorney are strictly confidential. An experienced attorney will listen to you and learn about your situation in order to help you determine the most effective path for getting you through your divorce and to a future you can be happy with.

As your case progresses, your attorney will remain by your side to provide guidance on issues that come up, so they can be addressed appropriately. If something is said at the wrong time and wrong place, your attorney can help you address it as quickly as possible, ideally before it can do any damage to your case.

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