If you are getting a divorce, you already have plenty of worries on your mind. The last thing you want to deal with is something else that demands your emotions, energy and time. However, if you are facing a charge of operating a vehicle impaired, this is exactly what is going to happen.
Dealing with drunk driving charges and a divorce proceeding at the same time presents unique challenges. Here is how an OVI arrest may affect your divorce process:
1. More stress
A drunk driving arrest will only add to the emotional distress you are feeling because your marriage is ending. This may have a negative impact on your spouse, children and other family members. Even if your divorce has been amicable so far, an OVI charge is likely to throw a wrench into the process. You may experience more anger, frustration and hostility from your spouse, causing more complications for the entire process.
2. Greater financial difficulty
Getting a divorce is costly enough, and an OVI case will increase the financial impact. Court fees, fines and attorney fees will strain your wallet on top of the expenses for your divorce. The additional financial burden of an OVI case may affect your share of assets.
3. Child custody complications
The court generally does not look kindly upon a parent who has problems with alcohol. Your drunk driving charges may make the judge think you are an unfit parent. Getting hit with an OVI charge may prompt your spouse to fight even more vigorously for sole custody. Because the court will make decisions based on the wellbeing of your children, you may find your drunk driving history affecting the custody decision.
There is no doubt that any criminal charges will play a role in dissolving your marriage, from simply creating more hostility to having a direct impact on your custody case. Make sure you get assistance from a lawyer to help you through these complexities.