Divorce With Respect

What a random act of kindness can do in a divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2017 | Divorce, English, Firm News | 0 comments

If there is one type of story that will make people feel better, it is a story about a random act of kindness. This could vary from a rich person putting a homeless person in a home at no charge, or a person saving an animal from a hot car. In the midst of a divorce, stories about kindness can be hard to come by. After all, people who want to get out of their marriage may have no feelings left for their soon-to-be ex-spouse.

But this does not mean that divorcing spouses cannot (or should not) engage in random acts of kindness. Indeed, being civil towards a person you no longer want in your life may be easier said than done, but it could be just as simple as agreeing to pay half of the required filing fees or agreeing to accept service of process without requiring the hiring of a professional process server.

A Huffington Post.com article highlighted a number of examples that divorcing parties can look to for inspiration. For instance, an ex-husband bought his former wife a bottle of champagne when she closed on a new home. Another ex-wife gave back her ring, even though she could have cashed it in and bought a new car.

Kindness exhibits a sense of maturity that is essential in healing. Moving on from the emotional injuries is especially important when there are children involved. After all, who better to be examples to children than their parents? So while it may seem good initially to get even with a person who has wronged you, an act of kindness may be better. It will pay dividends in the future.