In other eras and in other societies, adultery was cause for capital punishment. In past generations in other times and places, people “caught in adultery” might be stoned. In more recent times, adultery provided grounds for divorce. In our day of “no fault divorce,” however, there is no need to prove that a spouse betrayed a marriage through adultery or otherwise to justify a divorce.
In our family law practice at McMichen, Cinami & Demps, it is nearly always a difficult conversation with a client when he or she learns that adultery by the other spouse may not have an impact on outcomes of the divorce such as property division or spousal support (alimony). However, there are certain circumstances when adultery may impact the outcome of a divorce.
Adultery in Florida and Dissipation of Marital Assets: How Might an Affair Affect Your Divorce?
Adultery may have a financial aspect to it that could influence your divorce settlement. Did your wife or husband dissipate marital assets in the course of an adulterous affair with another man or woman? In other words, did she or he raid your joint savings accounts or incur joint debts to fund trips, gifts, drugs and so on, in connection with the affair?
Or perhaps you were the one who had an affair while estranged from your wife or husband. It is not uncommon for us to hear stories of spouses who have moved on and entered into new relationships before the beginning of the divorce process. If you have a new relationship while your marriage is still legally in force, this fact does not necessarily mean that you must give up more than your fair share in the asset division component of your divorce.
Our Orlando family law attorneys are prepared to advocate on your behalf in all aspects of your Florida divorce. We will take the time and care necessary to educate you and take whatever steps can be taken to protect your long-term best interests in light of an adulterous relationship that occurred during your marriage — regardless of “which side” you are on.
Contact our office to discuss your questions about adultery and divorce with a knowledgeable family law attorney. We are here to advise you and prepared to represent you zealously.
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