Will Marital Misconduct Affect My Divorce Settlement?

Long gone are the days when you had to prove that your spouse did something wrong to file for divorce. Missouri is a "no-fault" divorce state, meaning that you do not have to prove grounds for divorce beyond that the marriage has broken down and there is no way to fix it.

But that doesn't mean marital misconduct doesn't exist. Domestic abuse and cheating are shockingly common, as are other forms of misconduct. But will it affect your divorce settlement?

A Case-By-Case Analysis

In determining a fair division of property, Missouri courts do have the discretion to consider the behavior of each spouse during the marriage, along with other factors. There is no formula the way there is for determining child support; it comes down to the facts of the case. In general, for marital misconduct to affect your settlement, you'll need to show that the misconduct caused a significant hardship on the marriage.

Get A Skilled Litigator On Your Side

I'm attorney Jackie Gonz. If your spouse abused or mistreated you during your marriage, I can help you fight back during divorce. Drawing on decades of experience in divorce and family law in southeast Missouri, I'm fiercely dedicated to fight for my clients — and giving them hope for a brighter future.

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An experienced lawyer can give you the guidance you need to pursue a property settlement that is truly fair to you. Call me at 573-303-3015 or send me an email to schedule a free consultation at my Ste. Genevieve, Crystal City or St. Louis office.