Marital fault

You were still married. Yep, you’ll be at fault.

Katherine Miller

It technically does not affect alimony if it occurred after the date of separation, however, if she has evidence that you engaged in intercourse one week after separation and you were involved with this individual prior to the separation, the court may assume the sexual relationship began prior to the separation.

If you are the supporting spouse and you have committed adultery, the law says that you will pay alimony, however if you are in a long term marriage and you are the supporting spouse, you were most likely going to pay alimony anyway.

Marital fault can have an impact on the duration of alimony, but I cannot tell you how much of an impact it would have without all of the details.

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If I did not have sexual relations until I left my marital home (separated) but did one week later (ex has proof) will it still be considered marital fault. (as opposed to sexual relations while still living at home)

Or, does the judge in an alimony trial not want to get into the “Jerry Springer” details.

Also, how much (usually) does marital fault increase the alimony award in a long term marriage (by a lot, usually, or not by very much)

I am just deciding whether or not it might be best to offer ex a settlement rather than leeaving it up to the judge.My ex feels though that she will only get a fair deal by a judge, She is a dependent spouse so I know I will pay alimony. Does committing marital fault USUALLY increase the length of the award.