Adultery can cause terrible pain in a marriage and is often considered the ultimate relationship deal-breaker. In our more than 20 years of handling North Carolina divorce cases in Johnston, Harnett, and Wake Counties, we know how devastating infidelity can be. However, you should be aware of some important legal aspects of adultery before moving forward to protect yourself and your family.
If you suspect or flat-out know your spouse has committed adultery, be sure to contact the Breeden Law Office. North Carolina divorce attorney Jonathan Breeden will explain your options and what comes next.
Finding out that your spouse or partner has been unfaithful is shocking, and you may be confused. Many are prepared to seek a divorce right away when it comes to cheating. On the other hand, you may be willing to consider reconciliation.
North Carolina law has a specific definition of adultery that you should be aware of before making life-altering decisions.
North Carolina law only defines adultery as sexual intercourse with someone who is not your spouse. This often does not align with our clients’ thoughts or marital experiences. Legally speaking, adultery does not include:
An unfaithful spouse may be the end of your marriage. However, the legal definition of adultery can play a crucial role in the outcome of your divorce.
A divorce caused by adultery can have an impact on your financial well-being going forward. Alimony requirements can be modified if this was the case. Alimony is court-ordered financial support required after a divorce. Your spouse may be required to pay you alimony. On the other hand, you may have to pay alimony. If your divorce is legally caused by adultery, alimony may be impacted in the following ways:
We understand that an unfaithful spouse can cause terrible pain, and the laws surrounding adultery can get confusing. They may even seem outdated, but do not delay in contacting a knowledgeable lawyer.
We understand that your marriage may be over if your spouse was involved with someone else. But it’s critical to protect your rights and exit the marriage properly by working with an experienced North Carolina divorce attorney.
For more than two decades, Jonathan Breeden has been helping people in situations like yours to get to the next chapter in their lives. One that does not include an unfaithful spouse. Contact the Breeden Law Office today at (919) 661-4970 or reach out online.