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How Does Pregnancy Effect Divorce?

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Jun 7, 2022

How Does Pregnancy Effect Divorce?

How Pregnancy Can Effect Divorce

Have you realized that you and your spouse are not the perfect matches? Unfortunately, you’re far from alone. In fact, the recent pandemic has caused a global tidal wave of divorce proceedings.

That might put you somewhat at ease, but what if your situation is more complicated? For example, if you’re pregnant, you and your spouse will have more issues.

You’re likely wondering — what happens if you get pregnant while going through a divorce? Should you still file?

Divorce while pregnant is a challenge, but you can overcome this.

Read on to learn more about getting divorced while pregnant and the issues you’ll face.


When the Pregnancy is a Result of the Marriage

If you and your spouse decided to split but then discover a pregnancy, feeling confused is normal. You may be wondering — can I divorce while pregnant? The short answer is ‘yes.’

Going through a divorce while pregnant will enable you to address the child-rearing issues. First, the divorce proceedings will address your marital split. Then, you’ll separate physical property, financial assets, and more.

Following future child custody and support issues will need to be addressed. The courts will make decisions based on the child’s best interest.


When Another Man is the Father’s Baby

Is your baby the result of an affair? Don’t let this thought overwhelm you. Statistics show that one out of five men and 13% of women have cheated while married.

Further, you may have gotten pregnant while separated but still legally married.

Despite that, your spouse will be the legal father of your baby once it’s born. You’ll have to petition the courts to correct the issue later.


When the Mother Isn’t Sure Who the Father is

One of the most stressful situations you could be in is when you’re not sure who your baby’s father is. When this type of scenario happens, it’s essential to give yourself grace. Your situation will work out in time!

You can still get a divorce while pregnant, even when you’re unsure who the father is. First, you’ll go through the typical divorce process. Then, once your child is born, that’s when you’ll seek to rectify the paternity situation.

This is not an uncommon family law issue. First, you’ll petition the courts for a DNA test to find out who the father of your child is. Then, the court will help you work out child custody and support issues.


Are You Going Through a Divorce While Pregnant?

If you’re going through a divorce while pregnant, your stress level is undoubtedly high. That’s not a situation beneficial to you or your baby. We hope this article, “How Does Pregnancy Effect Divorce?” helped to ease your worries by empowering you with helpful information.

If you need more one-on-one help, our office can help. At Dalena & Bosch, we’ll help you file for divorce while pregnant. We’ll work to uphold your rights while also respecting your wishes. Our team of family law attorneys is here to hold your hand and guide you in the best way possible during this challenging and stressful time.

Contact our firm to discuss your situation in more detail with one of our best attorneys.


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