Florida Divorce Laws on Adultery
Is Infidelity Grounds for Divorce in Florida?
When infidelity contributes to the dissolution of a marriage, it is important to understand how this factor contributes to the legal process of divorce. In Florida, the “no-fault” divorce law allows couples to file for divorce without providing a reason. Instead, spouses can cite “irreconcilable differences” and continue with the divorce process. However, there are other ways in which adultery can impact your divorce process.
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How Could Infidelity Affect Your Divorce?
Even though the no-fault divorce law prevents you from claiming that adultery caused your divorce, there are still other ways your divorce process could be affected. Whether you were unfaithful or your spouse cheated on you, this type of break-up can make for a far more contentious divorce. The tensions are likely high, feelings are hurt, there is likely some anger and resentment between the two of you, which can all add up to make for a very unpleasant divorce process. If you are attempting to divorce through a collaborative method, it might be very difficult for you and your spouse to be civil and negotiate the terms of your divorce. On the other hand, if you divorce through litigation, your courtroom battles could become extremely heated, drawing out the divorce process and essentially raising the cost of your divorce.
Additionally, if adultery was the reason for your divorce, the court might punish the unfaithful spouse with unfavorable rulings on:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Property division
Although Florida courts are required to divide property equitably, this is not the same as dividing property equally. Not everything needs to be split down the middle, so if one spouse was unfaithful during the marriage, the court might rule in favor of the other spouse in a few essential matters.
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The divorce process is complicated enough without dealing with previous discretions. If your spouse cheated, you need to take immediate action to advocate for your rights in court, fighting for your fair share of the marital properties, support payments, and parenting time. Likewise, if you were unfaithful during your marriage, it is of the utmost importance that you work with an attorney to ensure that you end your divorce with the assets you are entitled to.
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