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Adultery can still impact your divorce case

In past generations, adultery has played a huge role in divorce cases. Though it is still a commonly cited reason for divorce, it now plays less of a role in child custody, division of assets, and the like. Even in states where it's illegal to cheat on your spouse, criminal charges are rare.

That being said, there are other factors that, along with infidelity, can make it so that an affair plays a big role in the case.

For instance, if the affair happened right in front of your kids, that could be considered when deciding which parent would be a responsible, safe choice for full custody. When children are exposed to actions, situations or even people who are deemed to be inappropriate, the court may take that into account.

Additionally, the affair could impact the division of assets if some assets were used to make it possible. For example, a spouse who is also supporting the partner who is outside of the marriage may take out a loan to support this individual. This debt will then usually not be held against the other spouse.

Similarly, if the spouse spent a huge portion of the family's savings in order to see the other person and facilitate the affair, that may be considered when determining what a fair split of the remaining assets really looks like.

On the whole, the way people look at adultery in the modern day is different than it's been in the past, and it largely does not play a role in court cases, but it's very important to understand the situations in which it can still have an impact and how that may change your legal rights in Arkansas.

Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce Questions: How Does Adultery Affect A Divorce Case?," accessed Oct. 29, 2015

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