I had a feeling my wife was being unfaithful, so I installed a hidden camera in the home that captured my wife allowing a gentleman in the back door.
Will this evidence help or hurt my case?
I am also concerned for myself financially since I encouraged her to quit her job to attend school full time.
Additionally, are we able to dismiss a pending divorce if we end up having a change of heart?
In Colorado, divorce occurs under a “no-fault” standard.
That means that unless the bad behavior of the other spouse amounts to economic waste or places the children in danger, the court will not consider infidelity or other bad behavior in determining parenting time or equitable division of the marital assets and debts.
In many instances, the video issue can backfire if you try to use it in a domestic case, and I would caution you on continuing these types of actions.
Unfortunately, you have given your self greater exposure to a higher financial support obligation given that you admittedly encouraged your wife to stop working and go to school.
If the two of you reconcile, so long as there is an agreement to do so, the action could be dismissed at any point in the process prior to the decree of dissolution being entered.
I would recommend speaking with a local attorney to determine the best course of action moving forward, as you have described a number of issues that require further explanation for accurate legal advice.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in your state and how they impact your potential case.
To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, contact Cordell & Cordell.
Mat Camp is a former Lexicon Services Online Editor, who focused on providing a comprehensive look into all aspects of the divorce experience. On MensDivorce.com, he concentrated on issues, such as parenting time, custodial rights, mediation, the division of assets, and so much more.
Mr. Camp used the wealth of experience of Cordell & Cordell attorneys to bring tangible answers to reader questions in Ask a Lawyer articles, as well as offer a step by step process through the divorce experience with Cordell & Cordell Co-Founder and Principal Partner Joseph E. Cordell in Divorce 101: A Guide for Men.
Mr. Camp used thorough research to highlight the challenging reality that those who go through divorce or child custody issues face. He helped foster the continued success of the Men’s Divorce Survival Guide, the Men’s Divorce Podcast, and the Men’s Divorce YouTube series “Attorney Bites.”
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