Most people who seek a divorce intuitively understand that alimony is a type of payment that a judge can require one spouse to make to another after a divorce. What many people don’t know is how alimony actually works. In fact, alimony awards will differ depending on the law of the state you are in. For example, if your spouse cheated on you, you may be entitled to more alimony.

Alimony is a type of payment required to be made by one spouse to another after a divorce. Alimony is enforced by a court order and must be paid by to the spouse who was awarded payment. Most are unaware, however, how alimony is calculated. If your spouse cheats on you, that may be a reason for the court to award additional money.

Alimony is a type of court-enforced financial support that can be awarded by the court during the divorce process. In the typical alimony process, one spouse pays the other spouse an amount of money pre-determined by the court. In some states, marital misconduct such as adultery can increase an award of alimony, but this is not true in every state.

Cheating can cause the end of a marriage, and while some states have elected to settle divorces without relation to fault, other states consider marital misconduct in divorce proceedings. In many states marital misconduct such as adultery and infidelity can result in a larger alimony payment.

Alimony is a common mechanism used by many courts to punish spouses for their marital wrongdoing, such as adultery. While many states are moving toward alimony systems that consider only financial need, other states allow marital misconduct to affect adultery awards.

They say crime never pays, but cheating might. Rather, getting cheated on could increase the amount of alimony in the event you seek a divorce. Courts frown on marital misconduct and are not afraid to impose penalties on spouses who step out of line.  

The recent trend in divorce alimony awards has been to award alimony only on a financial needs basis. This means that for some spouses seeking to use alimony to punish unfaithful spouses, that may not be possible.

As many spouses know, cheating often has consequences. Aside from the effect of cheating on the marriage itself, cheating may affect the divorce process and any alimony awards received by the spouses. Each state varies on how exactly adultery will affect an alimony award, and so this article is intended to clarify that issue for the state of Maine.

Alimony payments are a form of court-ordered spousal support after the conclusion of a marriage. While not all states agree on how alimony should be awarded, one of the largest state-by-state divides is how marital misconduct such as adultery can affect an award of alimony.

Alimony payments serve many purposes, and the reasons that judges may consider when awarding alimony vary state by state. It is not uncommon for spouses who have been cheated on to expect larger financial awards in the divorce process. However, depending on where you live, your alimony payments may or may not be increased because a spouse was unfaithful.

Cheating tends to have a way of ending marriages. Not only is cheating itself a reprehensible act, it often reveals imperfections in the relationship that can lead to a divorce. In some states but not others, cheating could affect the amount of alimony payments that spouses are required to make after a divorce.


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