There are many factors taken into account when determining if or how much alimony a spouse may be awarded in the event of a divorce; one of those factors is adultery. Whether you are a spouse who had an extramarital affair or the spouse who desires to collect alimony from a spouse who committed adultery, you will find the information below useful and enlightening.
As mentioned above, several factors are taken into consideration by the court in determining if either spouse may be awarded alimony. Adultery is one of these factors. The state's alimony laws give the courts the power to "consider the adultery of either spouse and the circumstances thereof in determining the amount of alimony, if any, to be awarded."
We will discuss adultery and its impact on alimony a bit later, but first we will list other factors that may impact alimony awards. These include:
This is not an all-inclusive list, however it does give you a good idea of what the court will look at in determining whether one spouse or the other is awarded alimony, and the amount of the alimony.
Whether the court awards or denies the request for alimony, a statement of facts will be provided that explains the factors supporting the award/denial.
What role does adultery play in alimony, and the amount of spousal support the seeking spouse may be awarded? Essentially, the infidelity must have had a financial impact on the marriage and/or family. For instance, if the spouse who was adulterous spent a substantial amount of money on the "other woman" or "other man," if the amount is significant enough that it caused financial detriment, it may be to the seeking spouse's benefit. Examples of this would be lavish spending on jewelry, support of the girlfriend/boyfriend in terms of rent/house payment, expensive vacations, or any financial expenditures that would be considered wasteful for non-marital purposes, and could have been used to benefit the marriage/family.
Will adultery affect an alimony award? The straight answer is, it all depends. It could in some cases, in others it may not. For answers to all of your questions regarding divorce and spousal support, contact the Orlando divorce attorneys at Adams & Luka.