Man Destroys Wife's Car in Middle of Contentious Divorce

A Philadelphia man in the middle of a divorce reportedly sent his wife's Corvette into a river, prompting police to search for a possible victim. His soon-to-be former spouse was not in the vehicle at the time, however.

According to the Connecticut Post, the 50-year-old man visited his wife's home and took the car, which he still owned jointly with his wife. Because the vehicle was half his, he likely won't face charges for theft, although he may have violated a restraining order in taking the action. There may also be criminal charges pressed for reckless endangerment.

Emotions often run hot when people are going through a divorce, and the stress and conflict can cause some people to lash out in anger to friends and family members - including their former partners. Although it's rare for individuals to take the type of drastic action demonstrated in this particular case, it can be difficult to retain your sanity as you move through the process of dissolving your marriage.

The following are some tips to help you deal with the mental and emotional challenges of divorce:

  • Set clear boundaries: Sometimes it's best to limit communication with your former spouse to avoid unnecessary conflict. Set some ground rules for how you will interact with each other as you work toward a resolution to your divorce.
  • Respond in a measured way: If your ex-spouse says something or takes some type of action that upsets you, remember that it's better to respond than to react. By taking the time to carefully consider your next step, you can avoid making key mistakes that could impact issues like property division, child custody and alimony.
  • Deal with your stress head-on: Especially if you have children, it can be difficult to find the time to focus on yourself when going through a divorce. If you're feeling stressed, be sure to take some time to relax.

If you're going through a divorce in Connecticut, remember to stay calm and take the proceedings one step at a time. For further guidance and advice related to this and other family law issues, speak with an experienced Fairfield County divorce attorney at Siegel, Reilly & Kaufman, LLC.

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