Fort Lauderdale Adultery and Other Marital Misconduct Attorney

Adultery and Other Marital Misconduct Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale - Donald G. Criscuolo Adultery and Other Marital Misconduct Attorney

Most people are surprised to learn that if one spouse is unfaithful, the judge may not even permit that evidence during the trial. Florida is a “no fault” divorce state. There is no need to prove that a spouse has been unfaithful to be entitled to a divorce. Judges are not interested in who was a good or bad husband/wife. Our laws treat the dissolution of a marriage much like the dissolution of a business. Joint property and debts are divided fairly, other obligations are allocated between the parties, and then the parties go their separate ways.

However, there are exceptions. If there is a financial impact to the marriage because of one spouse’s unfaithfulness, the court will allow that evidence so it can determine how to compensate the other spouse. For example, if one spouse spent money supporting a girlfriend/boyfriend, paid rent, purchased cars and/or other gifts, paid for expensive vacations and the like, the court will take that into account. Sometimes that type of conduct has gone on for years undetected and once discovered can have a significant impact on the case. While the divorce case is progressing, the discovery of such matters can be very emotionally upsetting. Frequently the judge is asked to rule on whether or not certain questions can be asked and other avenues of inquiry pursued. Sometimes the third parties involved even retain their own lawyers.

There are other forms of marital misconduct. For example, a spouse could have a long-term plan to seek a divorce in the future, and over the course of several years, conspire with family members by transferring money or other assets for them to hold until the divorce is over. This is called dissipating marital assets. Assets may also be dissipated by excessive gambling or substance abuse. If that is discovered during the divorce case, in extreme cases, those third parties can be named as parties in the divorce and may have to answer to the judge. This sometimes happens with business partners who think they are doing their partner a favor by helping them cheat their spouse. This raises the level of complexity of the case, making it all the more important to be vigorously represented by a proficient expert in family law.