Greetings. In Adams vs. Adams (a 1988 case) the court found that the statute which sets down the fault grounds for alimony did not distinguish between post-separation and pre-separation adultery. Fault only adds to the court’s factors for providing you with alimony, so you have to make the call on spending for the private investigator.
If it were me, I would pay a private investigator to follow him around for a couple of days to see how much money he is spending on this other woman…that would DEFINITELY be a factor for alimony if he was spending money on another woman (then he has that money for you!). Hope that helps.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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