Despite the maturity and growth of most adults, adultery is still relatively common in marriages for many reasons. Unfortunately, no one can dispute the fact that cheating often breaks marriages. The spouse who was cheated on often believes that he or she can no longer trust his or her life partner. This often results in couples seeking divorce in court.

Many intuitively understand that cheating does occur in marriages, even if it occurs infrequently. However, almost no spouse expects to be cheated on; otherwise, the marriage probably would not have occurred in the first place. Adultery is often referred to as one of the worst things that a spouse can do during a marriage. It is not uncommon for the spouse who was cheated on to want to end the marriage, as cheating uncovers issues of both trust and morality that are difficult to repair.

Despite the recent spike in divorce rates over the last few decades, a majority of marriages are happy marriages. That said, cheating and adultery are one of the quickest ways to lose paradise. Many spouses who are cheated on tend to expect additional payouts during the divorce process.

Cheating tends to be a messy affair. While divorce for cheating is relatively rare, as many spouses are ultimately able to resolve their differences, cheating is one of the main types of marital misconduct that results in divorce.

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 Alaska.

With divorce levels increasing across the nation, one fact has remained relatively stable: cheating is often a death knell to a marriage relationship. While some actions such as abuse or neglect are more likely to always result in a divorce, cheating happens more often, and thus, more spouses seek a divorce based on adultery more often than on other at-fault ground.


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