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Dealing with a jealous spouse during divorce

If you took action to file for divorce, it may have taken your spouse by surprise. Being rejected or humiliated can cause once loving people to act in unpredictable and surprising ways. You may feel that you no longer recognize the person to whom you were married, and you may even be scared of how they will react to certain situations. If this is the case, you should make sure that your first priority is protecting yourself and your family.

If your ex is exhibiting concerning or intimidating behavior such as stalking you, threatening you or turning up to your residence unexpectedly, you should consider taking out a restraining order. This will grant you additional protection and peace of mind. If you want to learn more about how to deal with jealous behavior, you should start by understanding certain characteristics that define it.

Jealousy is lazy

If your ex-spouse is exhibiting jealousy toward you, they may seem to be doing so with energy and zest. But remember that jealousy is a lazy type of behavior. Jealousy is lazy because it is so much easier for a person to dwell on the actions of others than to work on themselves. It is possible that your ex is fascinated by your life simply because they are too lazy to work on their own.

Jealousy is formed out of the need to control

Jealousy is a controlling type of behavior. It's likely that your spouse wants to know what your plans are all of the time. They may want to know whom you are seeing and where you are going. This is likely to be formed out of a need to control after they have found themselves going through a divorce -- a situation that they have no control over.

Jealousy is a habit, and it can be fueled

Like all habits, jealousy needs to be stimulated. If you stop tolerating your ex's jealous behavior and stop giving them the information that they think they need, it will likely subside over time.

If you are going through a difficult divorce, it is important that you assert your rights and make sure that your family is protected. Make sure that you take action to understand the law in full.

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