Adultery and Divorce

Many divorcing spouses have questions about whether adultery can impact any aspect of their divorce, including alimony. In most states, the fact that one spouse cheated won’t automatically affect alimony. In a minority of states, however, a cheating spouse may be barred from asking for spousal support or required to pay more. And, when an unfaithful spouse wastes marital money during the course of an affair, for example, by buying gifts, paying for a lover’s expenses, or funding vacations, judges in most states can order the cheating spendthrift to pay additional alimony or transfer property to the innocent spouse as a form of reimbursement. Find out what rules your state follows below.