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Courts do not care if a spouse cheated

On Behalf of | Jan 26, 2015 | Family Law |

posted in Divorce

on Friday, December 28, 2012. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/your-money-does-cheating_n_2323208

Many spouses in Connecticut have felt cheated by their former partners. In some cases, those partners actually cheated on them. But if a divorce goes to court and is litigated without settlement, it is likely that the judge will not care about the cheating. This is because of no-fault divorce: Courts do not care about the reason that the divorce is happening, only the financial aspects such as child support, alimony and property division.

This may be news to many individuals. The obsession that many people have over the scandals that celebrities and people in power often find themselves in may speak to the surprising fact that cheaters do not receive any punishment when a court litigates a divorce. Now, if a couple chooses to settle the divorce out of court-which most couples do-there may be evidence of cheating seen in the agreement.

Experts note that many prenuptial and postnuptial agreements have cheating clauses. One couple signed a prenup that said if the wife could prove that the husband was cheating, she would take over the control of his real estate. Later, this woman was given the reins of those properties.

Those spouses that have been cheated on often find that their emotions are getting the best of them. This can cause them to act out in court or attempt to prove a point that is irrelevant to the judge. By doing so, the costs of the divorce rise-individuals should ask themselves if arguing an irrelevant point in a court is worth the expenses that it will likely bring.

One way that spouses can make cheating cost the cheater is by assessing the financial costs of the extramarital relationship. For example, a husband was renting an apartment at $5,000 a month for two years. His divorcing wife managed to get $120,000 in the settlement due to this.

Source: Huffington Post, “Divorce And Affairs: Does Cheating Cost You In A Divorce?,” Geoff Williams, Dec. 18, 2012

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