As a moral issue, there may be merit to the idea that a spouse who destroyed a marriage with infidelity should pay a long term financial price for their misconduct, but as a legal matter, courts no longer use divorce to punish a spouse that way for adultery.
Whether you are entitled to permanent maintenance (also called alimony) is decided based on a number of factors, including your potential earning power at the end of the marriage, your health status, both spouses’ incomes, and the length of the marriage.
In general, the presumption of the court is that the lower earning spouse should have the opportunity to become self-supporting.
At Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino, we know that clients dealing with the loss and shock of a sudden end to their marriage because of their partner’s bad behavior are going through one of the most traumatic experiences of their lives.
We work closely with our clients so they understand their options, and we help develop strategies that achieve a maximal settlement for them in their adultery divorce.
If you need help with an adultery divorce, call us today at 718-523-1111 for a free consultation with an experienced Queens divorce attorney.