Marital Misconduct – More Than Just Adultery

marital misconductMarital Misconduct – More Than Just Adultery

When most people think of marital misconduct, they immediately think about adultery. And who could blame them? Adultery is one of the more cited reasons for divorce in the United States, and when it happens to you, it creates such a devastating feeling of betrayal that it’s difficult to imagine your spouse being capable of doing anything worse.

Martial misconduct encompasses so much more than just adultery, though. It is a legal term to describe any improper act by one spouse against the other spouse or to the marriage itself. Marital misconduct includes:

  • Infidelity
  • Abandonment
  • Drug abuse
  • Conviction of a crime
  • Failure to support
  • Domestic Violence
  • Impotence
  • Bigamy

As you can see, marital misconduct involves any actions that undermine the marriage relationship. A spouse can be accused of marital misconduct in situations as heinous or unforgivable as attempted murder and abandonment to something like reckless spending of marital finances.

In all cases, marital misconduct can be used as valid grounds for a legal separation.

How does marital misconduct affect your divorce proceedings

In Texas, marital misconduct is taken into consideration when awarding spousal support, alimony, or determining equitable distribution of marital property between spouses.

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In any case of marital misconduct – whether it happened once or repeatedly – it is always a good idea to talk to a lawyer about your situation. Give our knowledgeable staff here at Nelson Law Group, PC in Flower Mound, Texas a call if you have any further questions regarding this – or any other – issue.

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