Infidelity And Alimony In a Divorce

Alimony is determined based on many factors. In Florida, adultery can be included as one of them.


The rule states: “The court may consider the adultery of either spouse and the circumstances thereof in determining the amount of alimony, if any, to be awarded.” Other considerations include the duration of the marriage and established standard of living, the financial resources of each party, each person’s earning capacities, the contribution of each party to the marriage, any income sources and many more.

If there has been infidelity, be honest with your attorney. It’s never a good idea to hide information from the person you’re paying to be your advocate. Secrets have a way of being revealed, and it’s in your best interest to control how that will happen. An attorney who has a complete picture of his or her client’s situation is best able to chart a course for achieving the best outcome.

Adultery is most relevant in deciding alimony when the adulterous spouse has potentially injured the financial wellbeing of the other spouse. Gifts to, vacations taken with or bills paid for the “other” man or woman may represent money that could have been spent to benefit the marriage. A qualified attorney can help you understand all the types of spousal support available, and the factors the courts consider to determine that support.

Have questions about infidelity and alimony? Email, or call toll free: 877-687-1392, or locally: 239-210-7516.

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