What Can Be Used Against You in a Divorce?
Many divorcing spouses assume that because Florida is a no-fault state, their conduct won’t be considered during the proceedings. But that’s actually not the case. The no-fault rule simply means that the spouse filing for divorce doesn’t need to prove that the other spouse is responsible for the dissolution. But marital misconduct can still come into play when a judge makes decisions about asset division, alimony, parental responsibility (custody), and time-sharing (visitation).
Some of the things that your spouse could potentially use against you in your divorce include:
- Cheating (as well as spending marital funds on that affair)
- Hiding assets
- Spending excessive amounts of money
- Intentionally damaging or destroying marital property
- Abusing alcohol and/or drugs
- Domestic violence
How Could This Affect Your Divorce?
The items listed above could impact your divorce in various ways. For example, if the judge finds that you wasted money or destroyed property, they could award a greater share of the remaining assets to your spouse to account for that loss. Or, if the judge determines that your actions have negatively impacted your children, they could award custody to your spouse.
A Family Law Firm Skillfully Representing Clients in Tampa Bay
If you’re involved in a divorce and you’re concerned about what your spouse may try to use against you in the proceedings, it’s important to have a knowledgeable advocate on your side. Luckily, if you’re in the Tampa Bay area, you can turn to the divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Audrey A. Jefferis, P.A. Focusing exclusively on family law cases, our team has the skills and experience needed to help you obtain the best possible results in your divorce. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation at our main office in New Port Richey, FL, or our satellite office in Palm Harbor, FL.