Sadly, half of today's marriages will end in their dissolution. For many people, divorce is one of the hardest experiences they will ever go through: families are divided, assets split up, relationships severed permanently, child custody determined; people are starting their lives over. To make matters worse, there can be the added hurt and betrayal of adultery, which is one of the leading causes of divorce.
Although Florida is a "no-fault" state, which means that either spouse can file for divorce purely based on the grounds of "irreconcilable differences," adultery can be a factor to be considered in the awarding of alimony. In the Florida statues, Section 61.08(1) explains that
The Court may consider the adultery of either spouse and the circumstances thereof in determining the amount of alimony, if any, to be awarded.
In other words, the court will use its discretion to determine if the adultery has had a negative impact on the other spouse emotionally or even financially, and may reward that spouse accordingly.
Because it is up to the court's discretion, it is vitally important that you have a top-notch Florida divorce attorney on hand, one who will work tirelessly for you to ensure that you receive what you deserve. Leesburg alimony attorney Jody L. Fisher will do everything within the power of the law to achieve your goals.
In considering adultery, the Court will generally look to see if there was detriment to the non-adulterous spouse.
Often this means that there has been a negative financial affect to the non-adulterous spouse. For example, if the adulterous spouse spent money on vacations, bought a girlfriend or boyfriend expensive trifles like jewelry and/or paid for an apartment for the person with whom they were having the adulterous relationship, these factors could possibly cause financial detriment to the non-adulterous spouse because marital assets were potentially used solely for the benefit of the adulterous relationship. Qualified alimony attorney Jody L. Fisher has the experience necessary to help you get through this, building a case that will clearly show whether or not additional alimony is warranted, or deserved.
Whether you are the adulterous or non-adulterous spouse in a divorce case, Attorney Fisher will use her knowledge and experience in the Florida court system to reach a favorable outcome. Call her at her Leesburg-area office at 352-241-0391 to begin discussing your Florida divorce case. You may also email email@example.com or complete our online information form. Based in Leesburg, Attorney Fisher words with husbands and wives in Leesburg as well as throughout central Florida.