Will Infidelity Impact the Outcome of My Divorce?


An affair may not always result in the death of a marriage, but it can certainly result in the death of a married couple’s trust. If you found out your spouse was cheating on you, you likely feel betrayed, angry, depressed, and hungry for a little bit of justice.

It is possible for infidelity to have an impact on a divorce outcome. Depending on the specific details of your situation, it may be possible for infidelity to haunt your spouse in court. Continue reading to learn more.

Affairs and Divorce

Even though Missouri is a no-fault divorce state, your spouse’s extramarital activities can potentially impact your divorce in a variety of ways. There is a possibility the extramarital activities may affect the property and asset division. For example,it is not uncommon for lovers to fuel their affair with money, especially if they spend a significant amount of their time in pricey hotels. Doing this on the marital dime, however, is wasteful dissipation. That said, if the amount involved was minimal, it is unlikely it will be considered wasteful dissipation or have an impact on property and asset division.

All child custody matters are decided based on the children’s best interests. If you can prove your spouse’s affair directly harmed your children in some way or was not in the children’s best interest, then the affair may affect child custody. For example, if your spouse repeatedly had the children meet the illicit partner, a judge may very well factor this into a custody decision.

There is a Missouri Statute that states when the court is considering maintenance (alimony), the Court can consider the conduct of the parties during the marriage.

Schedule a Consultation to Speak with an Experienced Divorce Attorney Today!

If you are seeking a divorce after learning of your spouse’s affair, you need to hire a knowledgeable family law attorney as soon as possible to protect your interests. At Galmiche Law Firm, P.C., our divorce team understands how difficult this situation must be for you and work diligently on your behalf to help get you through it. With more than 30 years of combined legal experience on our side, you can feel confident in our ability to represent you.

Reach out to our law office today at (636) 552-4841 to set up a free initial consultation and learn more about what we can do for you.

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