Can Infidelity Affect Your Divorce Settlement?

YUMA, Arizona. If you recently discovered that your spouse was cheating on you, and are planning to get divorced, you may wonder how infidelity, adultery, and cheating might impact your divorce settlement. If your ex used marital assets to support his or her relationship outside the marriage, the money spent on gifts, vacations, and hotel rooms could be recovered during your divorce. Of course, if your ex has lied or has had a secret life, uncovering these expenditures can sometimes be difficult. This is where having a qualified divorce lawyer on your side like Schneider & Onofry, P.C. in Yuma, Arizona
can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. A qualified attorney can ask the right questions and hire investigators, if necessary to discover hidden expenses and your ex’s hidden life. Thanks to technology, it is now easier than ever to trace a wayward spouse’s digital and economic footprint.

Discovering an ex’s secret life can impact more than your financial divorce settlement. Child custody could become an issue if your ex’s new girlfriend or boyfriend poses a danger to your children. For example, if you are concerned that your ex’s new partner does drugs, is abusive, or could put your children in danger, then your child custody agreement could be impacted by infidelity. However, if all your ex did was cheat, his or her infidelity is unlikely to impact your divorce settlement.

There are other issues that can arise due to infidelity. For example, if your ex acquired a sexually transmitted disease and infected you as a result of his or her cheating, you may be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim against your ex for these damages. Medical care and medicines for some sexually transmitted diseases can be expensive.

If your ex lied to you about infidelity, he or she may have lied about other things as well. This is where having a good lawyer on your side can make a difference. Cosmopolitan
recently reported on the many things that couples have hidden from one another—from entire families to homes, condos, and other businesses. In one case, a husband lied about having a chronic disease. His wife took on two jobs to support him and the family, and in the divorce proceedings it came out that he wasn’t ill. In this case, the husband was required to pay alimony to support his wife for the time she supported him. In other cases, individuals learn that their ex had a hidden gambling or drinking problem that drained their bank accounts. In some instances, wealthy partners hide assets and property from their spouses.

If he or she has lied to you once, you might as well assume that he or she has lied to you about other things. Having a qualified divorce lawyer like Schneider & Onofry, P.C. in Yuma, Arizona
to help you navigate the process can make a big difference in uncovering these sometimes costly secrets.

Schneider & Onofry, P.C.
207 W. 2nd St.
Yuma, AZ 85364

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