I am divorcing my husband after 22+ years and I found out that he is having a llong standing affair. Does that play any part in the eyes of the court

If he has lied on this issue and some inportant other issue (money) is there a way for me to be able to sustain the lifestyle I have been accustom to, even though I have suffered from his affair and poor money management?

Asked on June 13, 2009 under Family Law, Minnesota

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I'm not a Minnesota attorney, and the divorce laws differ quite a bit from one state to another. However, my research suggests that your state handles property and support issues on an "equitable distribution" concept, and that your marital lifestyle is one of several significant factors in how assets, debts and incomes are dealt with.

Most modern divorce courts are less interested in "marital fault" than they are with economic consequences.  If your husband wasted money -- or spent money on his lover -- that would probably make more of a difference than the infidelity itself.

For advice you can rely on, you need to have an attorney in your area review all of the facts.  You may well need an attorney just to make sure that you get at all the financial information you're entitled to; unfaithful spouses often turn out to have been hiding money as well.  One place to find a qualified divorce lawyer is our website, http://attorneypages.com


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