Greetings. Thanks for tuning in…I am glad this forum is helpful!
Question 1: No, since you have reconciled, she has condoned the affair in my opinion. Remember though, alimony is a financial determination. We look at the finaces of the parties to ensure that alimony is appropriate.
Question 2: Sure, you can “hold her accountable” for abandonment, but I am wondering what you think that will look like. Holding her accountable may mean that you send her a letter reminding her she has committed abandonment. Abandonment is just one of the faults that factor into alimony, and in my opinion, not very useful. My advice is that you stop focusing on the “fault” aspects of the marriage and separation, and focus on the financial ones. That will save you a lot of time and money long term.
Question 3: Gifts to you alone, received by someone other than your spouse, are not marital property.
Best of luck!
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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