How would switching jobs in the middle of the divorce affect proceedings? Additionally, would infidelity on the part of my wife impact the outcome?
- I generally do not recommend that my clients switch jobs if there will be a decrease in salary or total compensation. If there is a decrease in your pay, you could be ordered to pay child support based upon your salary before you switched jobs. With that said, if the job change is not voluntary and you have to take it to keep earning income, then you should definitely take the job. Also, if the change allows you more time at home to be with children, then potentially the change would be better, unless the salary is substantially lower.
- Missouri is no-fault in that the judge will not issue a final decree due to infidelity; however, the judge will consider what was spent on that infidelity. For example, if you purchased a girlfriend a new car, then the judge might punish you for spending family/marital money on your girlfriend. I’ve seen Judge’s give the non-cheating spouse a larger share of marital assets to make up for the martial money that was spent on the affair.
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 Wisconsin and how they impact your potential case.
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.”