Dealing With Issues Involving Adultery, Alcohol and Drugs
Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. You don't have to show the other party was at fault to get a divorce. But fault is still relevant on questions of how assets will be divided and the award of spousal support.
If your former partner's adultery, substance abuse or other fault contributed to the breakup of your marriage, you'll want to talk with an experienced family law attorney who knows how these cases work.
I am John R. Rinn, an experienced family lawyer. I have helped many clients with issues like a cheating spouse, spousal substance abuse, and other issues that affect divorce settlements. Contact me today to schedule a free initial consultation. From my office in Livonia, I serve clients throughout Southeast Michigan.
Picking Up the Pieces
Everyone brings their personal issues to a marriage. If you live with each other, you learn to get along. Sometimes, however, personal issues cross the line and cause the breakdown of a marriage. These can include:
- Substance abuse (meth, cocaine, misuse of prescription drugs)
If factors such as these were a significant cause of a marriage's breakdown, it can have an effect on property division and asset division, as well as questions of spousal support/alimony. For example, if a cheating spouse made lavish gifts to a girlfriend (or boyfriend), the judge can take that into consideration. The same is true of severe gambling losses.
Adultery, substance abuse or other types of fault can also have an impact on parenting arrangements. If a divorced dad wants to have his new girlfriend sleep over, and the mother has concerns, the trial judge has the discretion to take that into account. The same is true when a divorced mom wants to have her boyfriend sleep over.