Does Adultery Affect Divorce in Florida?
Although Florida is a no-fault state for divorce, adultery does not go
unnoticed when you are going through the divorce process. It can influence
several aspects of your divorce including
child custody and support, and distribution of assets. Adultery is defined as voluntary
sexual intercourse between a married person and another person who is
not his or her spouse. Any sexual relationship that occurs outside of
while one is married is considered adultery, even
during the waiting period after filing for divorce. You are considered married until your
divorce is final, even if you are separated.
If you need legal counsel for your divorce, and are worried about your
spouse committing adultery, let our
Orlando divorce attorney at R. Gregory Colvin, LLC help. We can work with you to protect your property
and assets, and make sure that any child custody concerns are handled
with your child’s best interests at heart. We know how frustrating
and devastating it can be to discover that your spouse is cheating, so
let us help you be strong through your divorce.
Things to Consider About Your Adulterous Spouse
If your spouse is cheating, and you are filing for divorce, there are a
few things that will be brought into consideration as you determine division
of assets, child custody, child support, and alimony. You will need to
pay close attention, and to review, your joint accounts and your spouse’s
activity from the time you believe that the affair began.
A few questions to consider include:
- Are there large sums of money missing from savings or other accounts that
your spouse may have used to support an extramarital affair?
- Did your spouse spend “shared” money to purchase expensive
gifts for his or her lover, or paramours?
- Are there changes in account status or has money been hidden recently?
- Is your spouse spending less time with the children lately, or exhibiting
unfavorable parenting practices such as partying, spending several nights
away from home, or acting intoxicated around your children?
The answers to the above questions may possibly affect the stipulations
in your property division and child custody agreements. The court will
take into consideration all provable actions and issues regarding money
when determining the best interest of your children, as well as distribution
of alimony. For example, if your retirement or savings accounts are ravaged
because your spouse is spending money on their new love interest, you
may be awarded more of the marital property to make up for it.
It Pays to Pay Attention
When you are facing divorce, pay close attention to how money is distributed
and how your spouse is acting towards responsibilities and time with your
children. Your divorce agreements can be greatly affected by these actions.
It’s time for your spouse to be held accountable for his or her
actions. If you are ready to move forward, and get on with your life,
contact our dedicated, understand, and compassionate Orlando divorce attorney
at R. Gregory Colvin, LLC.
Call today for a consultation at (407) 603-3460.