Many people believe that you should never apologize if there is any chance of a legal action against you. The belief is that apologizing might be an admission of guilt and this could work against you in a trial. Maybe there is some truth to this as far as a trial is concerned. However, many times an apology will prevent any kind of legal action against you.
For example, a New York Times article, states:
By promptly disclosing medical errors and offering earnest apologies and fair compensation, they hope to restore integrity to dealings with patients, make it easier to learn from mistakes and dilute anger that often fuels lawsuits.
This new attitude by the hospital has helped them save on malpractice lawsuits since the patients are less likely to litigate if they receive an apology.
How can this knowledge be applied to divorce?
The angriest people in a divorce are usually ones who have been wronged. Angry people are very difficult to reason with. They can drag out an otherwise simple divorce into a years long ordeal.
One of the easiest ways to make an angry person feel better is to acknowledge their hurt and apologize. Thus, if you did something to make your future ex angry, a heartfelt apology could help spare you years in the court system and thousands in legal fees.