The Hard Truth: A Criminal Charge Can Affect Your Divorce

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Not all criminal charges will affect a divorce case, but many will. Since divorces can get so complicated, a criminal charge can make the situation even more complex. Financial support, child custody, parenting time, and asset division can all be affected by a criminal charge. It depends on things such as

The Nature of The Crime

You will not be seen as someone with little to no criminal record if you have an extensive criminal history. For example, if your soon-to-be ex-spouse has a restraining order against you, the judge’s decisions will likely negatively reflect that in terms of child custody. In divorce hearings, both spouses try to shed their soon-to-be ex in the worst light possible for their own sake. Your criminal history is sure to come out.

The Facts

When a family law judge looks over your criminal history, they will pay close attention to details such as:

– What was the type of offense?

– How long ago did the crime(s) occur?

– Who were your victims, and how did your acts affect them?

– What was your sentence?

– Have you been accused of similar crimes since?

– Did your crime(s) involve children?

Your rights can be severely affected by the answers to these questions. For example, if your crime(s) involved violent acts against children, your parenting time and custody will have adverse effects.

Our team has extensive experience with both family and criminal law. Contact us today at 920-949-7451 if you seek the best outcome possible for your family law case despite having a criminal record. We would be honored to help you fight for your rights.