Many marriages end as a result of infidelity on either party’s side--sometimes even both. Infidelity makes the divorce process often more complicated and contentious, but many people fail to realize it has no real legal bearing on divorce, at least in the state of Iowa. While the state of a marriage is forever altered when one party is discovered to have cheated or consistently be cheating, the state of a divorce is conversely unaffected in Iowa. Our Des Moines divorce lawyer of The Law Offices of Mark R. Hinshaw, PLC will help you determine which external factors will be significant in your divorce process, including infidelity on either you or your spouse’s part.
Each state processes divorce differently, and the state of Iowa is a no-fault state. This means the state government does not consider who is at fault for the dissolving of the marriage, and simply needs one party to claim the marriage is irreparably broken. Filing on certain grounds is not an option. Infidelity will not affect alimony, property division, child custody, or child support. A judge will make his or her decision based on his or her discretion, but it is not required he or she consider infidelity or an extramarital affair when imposing a judgment.
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The Law Offices of Mark R. Hinshaw, PLC is led by a team of trusted Des Moines divorce lawyers who are compassionate about what is an undoubtedly challenging time of your life. Our firm has experience dealing with some of the most challenging and complex family law concerns, and our priority is protecting your best interests above all else. Allow us to fight for you in your time of need.
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