MustI pay alimony of my wife has committed adultery?

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MustI pay alimony of my wife has committed adultery?

My wife has committed adultery on 2 ocassions. I have seen e-mails referring to this with both partners she had. I also spoke with 1 partner who confessed. What are my rights in terms of a quick, easy divorce to dissolve marriage. Also, my wife has made hints that if I follow through with this she will sue me for alimony.

Asked on August 6, 2010 under Family Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You should seek legal help from an attorney in your area  as soon as you can.  Alimony is not as widely awarded in Pennsylvania as in other states.  There are two types: rehabilitative and permanent.  Rehabilitative is meant to get someone one back on their feet after a divorce or to allow them time and the ability to acquire some "life skills" such as schooling, etc.  Permanent alimony is awarded only in certain cases where a party is unable to work due to age or mental capacity, etc.  It is my understanding of Pennsylvania law that if the court decides to consider awarding rehabilitative alimony they can consider the marital misconduct of the party requesting same in the process.  So your wife's indiscretions will hurt her in the end.  Good luck.


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