How Adultery Affects Divorce Proceedings in Ohio: A Comprehensive Guide

Divorce is never easy, but when infidelity is involved, it can make the process even more complicated. If you're going through a divorce in Ohio and your spouse has cheated on you, it's important to understand how adultery can affect the outcome of your case.

What You Need to Know

Adultery can impact spousal support.

In Ohio, spousal support (also known as alimony) is awarded based on a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, the earning capacity of each spouse, and the standard of living during the marriage. If your spouse cheated on you, it may impact their ability to receive spousal support. However, it's important to note that this is not always the case and will depend on the specific circumstances of your case.

Adultery can impact property division.

Ohio is an equitable distribution state, which means that property is divided fairly (but not necessarily equally) between spouses in a divorce. If your spouse cheated on you, it may impact the division of property, particularly if they used marital assets to support their affair. For example, if your spouse spent a significant amount of money on gifts or trips for their lover, it may be considered a dissipation of marital assets and could impact the division of property.

Adultery can impact child custody.

When it comes to child custody, Ohio courts make decisions based on the best interests of the child. If your spouse's infidelity has had a negative impact on your children (for example, if they were exposed to the affair or if your spouse neglected their parenting responsibilities because of the affair), it may impact the court's decision on custody arrangements.

Adultery can impact the divorce process.

In Ohio, a divorce can be granted on the grounds of adultery. If you choose to file for divorce on these grounds, it may impact the overall tone and direction of the divorce proceedings. It's important to discuss your options with an experienced divorce attorney to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.

Adultery can impact your emotional well-being.

Finally, it's important to recognize that infidelity can have a significant emotional impact on both spouses. If you're going through a divorce because of your spouse's infidelity, it's important to prioritize your emotional well-being throughout the process. Consider seeking support from a therapist or counselor, and lean on friends and family for support.

At Crossman & McNamee, LLC, we understand how difficult divorce can be, especially when infidelity is involved. Our experienced attorneys can help guide you through the process and ensure that your rights are protected. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.