Can I Get A Divorce If My Spouse Is Financially Irresponsible?
Technically, you can divorce your spouse for any reason. While it is not listed as a grounds for divorce in New Jersey, you can decide that the financially irresponsible behavior of your spouse is enough and leave. Divorcing someone who is bad with money can be complicated though, especially if they have access to some of the same accounts that you do. Our Chatham divorce attorneys can help you hang onto your assets, and your sanity, as you go through this process.
How Can a Financially Irresponsible Spouse Affect My Life?
Living with a financially irresponsible spouse can add stress to your life and cause more worry about the future. If your husband or wife is blowing through all of your money because of a drug habit, an affair, or a gambling addiction, that could easily affect your ability to meet your future goals.
A financially irresponsible parent also adversely affects the life of their child. You cannot let your spouse’s behavior ruin the future of your children.
Can I Just Divorce a Financially Irresponsible Spouse?
As long as you or your spouse have been a resident of New Jersey for at least 12 consecutive months, you may divorce your spouse and move on. Many people in this situation say that they have irreconcilable differences and pursue a no-fault divorce, but we can walk you through all of your potential options.
Can My Spouse’s Behavior Affect How Marital Property Gets Divided?
Yes, your spouse’s financially irresponsible behavior can certainly factor into your divorce settlement and how marital property gets divided. When one spouse spends an excessive amount of your shared money, that can obviously affect your finances and your ability to take care of yourself and your child.
So when property is being equitably divided, the responsible spouse might end up with a larger share of the assets. If the other spouse has a problem with this, they should have thought about that before they wasted marital assets and put you in a more precarious financial situation.
Do I Need an Attorney to Divorce a Financially Irresponsible Spouse?
You are not required to hire a divorce lawyer, but one from our firm can do a lot to help you. They can gather evidence and show how your spouse has been financially irresponsible. They can also make sure that you do not miss any important court dates or deadlines. We can fight for you and work towards the best possible outcome here.
Talk to Our Legal Team
When you are ready to divorce a financially irresponsible spouse, we are ready to help you. Contact Lazor Rantas, PC and schedule an appointment with our team. We can tell you more about your options and how we can help you.