Does Cheating Matter in a Divorce in Wisconsin?
Although infidelity can certainly be the primary reason you want to leave your spouse, Wisconsin is a no-fault divorce state. That means you don’t have to express any reason for wanting a divorce other than to say that you and your spouse have irreconcilable differences – it’s simply that you two can’t get along and reconcile your differences enough to live as a normal married couple.
In some cases, cheating can have an impact on the outcome of your case. If you and your Milwaukee divorce attorney can bring up evidence of how an affair affected your marital finances, for example – such as if your spouse spent all the money you’d saved on his or her “significant other,” it could be relevant to your case and could affect the way the judge rules. Likewise, if you have evidence that your spouse is an ineffective parent as a result of his or her affair – such as leaving young children home alone to spend time with the other party – it could make an impact on the way the judge rules in your case.
Bottom line: Adultery doesn’t have any bearing on whether you will be allowed to divorce, but it can affect other parts of your divorce. Your lawyer will be able to give you case-specific legal advice.
Do You Need to Talk to a Milwaukee Divorce Lawyer?
If you’re thinking about divorce because your spouse has cheated on you or for any other reason, we’re here to help. Call us at 414-383-6700 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with a Milwaukee divorce attorney. We’ll answer your questions, help you figure out what to do next, and build a strategy that gets you and your children the best possible outcome.