The Impact of Marital Infidelity on Your Divorce Proceeding
There may be no worse feeling in the world than to discover that your spouse has been unfaithful. For many people, the betrayal of a cheating husband or cheating wife can be the undoing of an otherwise sound marriage. People often want to know what the impact of infidelity is on a Michigan divorce proceeding.
Since Michigan is a no-fault state, no reason needs to be given for seeking a divorce. However, the cheating spouse's infidelity may impact the case even in a no-fault divorce state such as Michigan. At Lana Panagoulia Law, PLLC, we understand how devastating infidelity can be and how it can affect alimony or property division. Attorney Panagoulia is respectful of her clients' emotions in these matters, and she provides the support and guidance they need during this difficult time.
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How Proving Fault Can Improve Your Standing in a Divorce Proceeding
While it is true that fault does not need to be established to file for divorce in Michigan, that is not to say that cheating spouses face no consequences. Specifically, fault can come into play in the spousal support and property and debt division portions of the divorce. When you hire our firm, we work diligently to secure a positive outcome on your behalf.
Infidelity and Spousal Support Awards
Under Michigan law, the past relations and conduct of the spouses is a specific factor that the court considers in determining spousal support awards. Typically, infidelity falls into this category, and sometimes, if your spouse has been unfaithful, and coupled with other spousal support factors, a spousal support award may be more likely.
Infidelity and Property Division
When one spouse is clearly at fault for the breakdown of the marriage relationship, the court can award more property to the other spouse. This is especially true if it can be shown that the unfaithful spouse spent funds from the marital estate on his or her extramarital relationship. We will work to recover these funds through the property division process.
Representing Clients on Both Sides
Our firm has experience representing clients on both sides of these cases. Whether you are the spouse who has been cheated on or the one being accused of infidelity, we are prepared to provide the compassionate and supportive representation you need.
Discuss Your Case With Our Michigan Lawyer
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our Michigan attorney. You can reach our office at 734.769.LANA (5262) or via e-mail.
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