How Can Cheating On Your Spouse Affect Alimony?
When adultery pushes a marriage to divorce, it becomes a painful experience for everyone involved. Some divorce cases have been known to turn rather nasty and go on for years before settlement.
If you are someone who is on the verge of filing for a divorce because your spouse was unfaithful, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before the papers are drawn. Adultery can affect your divorce and alimony and you need to be aware of how the possible impacts it could have.
How can adultery affect your divorce?
In most states in the United States, adultery can be used as substantial grounds for divorce. But if you live in Orange County, you should know that California is a no-fault divorce state. Here, you can only get a divorce for one of two reasons:
- Irreconcilable differences between spouses
- If your spouse has been inflicted with incurable insanity
Many states have deemed adultery as an illegal offense, but California has not, so there are no official state definitions of the act. The courts of California do not consider adultery while deciding the divorce.
How does adultery affect alimony?
During a divorce trial, judges do have some liberty in deciding if alimony has to be awarded, the amount of the alimony as well as the duration. To be entitled to alimony, the receiving spouse should produce evidence of requiring monetary support, and the paying spouse should be capable of paying the amount for that duration of time. Before it has been decided if alimony is necessary, the judge must consider all factors and come to a fair and reasonable decision.
In most cases, judges are not allowed to take marital misconduct into consideration when they are making a decision regarding alimony. The sole purpose of alimony is to ensure that neither of the spouses faces financial troubles once the marriage ends.
Alimony was never intended as a punishment to spouses for bad conduct during the marriage. Since California does not consider adultery as grounds for a divorce, the judges in Orange County and other cities will not base alimony on adultery.
If you are a resident of Orange County and are considering filing for a divorce after your spouse cheated on you, it is recommended that you speak with a family law attorney before your divorce proceedings are set in motion.
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