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Raleigh Marital Misconduct Attorneys

Unfortunately, not every divorcing couple can end their relationship on a friendly note. Sometimes a person is forced to end the marriage due to the poor behavior of the other spouse. Legally, accusations of adultery or marital misconduct can be used in two ways: as grounds for a legal separation, which can eventually lead to an absolute divorce; and as basis for a request for alimony to be paid to the dependent spouse.

Raleigh adultery and marital misconduct lawyers Marshall & Taylor PLLC, are prepared to help you prove marital misconduct or defend yourself from accusations of it. For more information about the definition of marital misconduct and its legal implications, call us at (919) 833-1040.

What is Marital Misconduct?

Legally speaking, marital misconduct is behavior during a marriage that the courts consider unacceptable. State law spells out many specific behaviors that can qualify. Because the full list is beyond the scope of this page, we have summarized most of the behaviors by category:

  • Adultery
  • Physical or emotional abuse
  • Neglect or abandonment
  • Addiction to drugs or alcohol
  • Illegal or dangerously reckless behavior

If both spouses agree to separate, it is not necessary to find grounds. However, if one spouse is contesting the separation, the other spouse must provide evidence of one or more examples of marital misconduct. Separation is usually required prior to a divorce, so although couples do not need grounds for divorce in principle, they sometimes do in practice.

Contact a Raleigh Marital Misconduct Lawyer

To discuss your situation with a qualified Raleigh marital misconduct attorney, contact the offices of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, at (919) 833-1040.