I Just Discovered That My Spouse Has Been Cheating. Will Their Cheating Affect The Results Of A Divorce?
You are in good company. Recently, a hacker exposed the user names, email addresses, and other information for around 39 million people, mostly men, who were customers of Ashley Madison. Ashley Madison is a website that helps married people have affairs. After the hack, many spouses who have discovered their spouses were cheating are contemplating divorce.
Normally, cheating does not have a huge impact on the results of a divorce, although the behavior does have huge consequences for the family. In Florida, at-fault divorces are not allowed, meaning that one party does not have to prove to a judge that the other party was at fault for causing the marriage to break down. Therefore, the cheating does not come into play in determining whether or not the divorce will be granted.
In addition, cheating normally does not affect the financial terms of the divorce very much. Child support is not affected by cheating. Judges are allowed to consider either spouse’s adultery when deciding whether or not to award alimony and how much to award. Adultery could also affect the division of assets and liabilities in a Florida divorce. This is especially true if it can be proven that the other spouse wasted marital assets to support their affair.