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Adultery can make a significant impact on Georgia divorces

Recent news regarding the release of sensitive information on subscribers to Ashley Madison shook millions of couples who learned of their spouse's desire to have an extramarital affair. If you are dealing with this situation, you may be considering your options for divorce.

In our last post, we discussed the fact that Georgia recognizes adultery as one of the grounds for divorce. This means that if you are divorcing in light of an affair, the infidelity could play a big role in how the divorce plays out.

The impact of adultery can be seen in a few different ways.

  • Financially: In some cases, the spouse who was cheated on can be awarded a larger settlement, particularly if the cheating spouse spent large sums of money on extramarital affairs. A judge may also add or increase an award for spousal support for the non-cheating spouse.
  • Emotionally: Resolving issues in a divorce is hard enough without also trying to come to terms with feelings of anger, betrayal and guilt that can stem from an affair. Spouses in this situation can be much less likely to compromise and issues that may otherwise seem minor can turn into all-out battles in the courtroom.
  • Timeliness: Divorcing on the grounds of adultery could mean that your case moves through the courts a little faster than many no-fault divorces. However, you may need to expend a significant amount of time and resources in proving adultery.

These are just a few of the ways that the divorce process can be affected by adultery. The fact is that anyone going through a divorce stemming from infidelity can feel the impact in just about every step of the process.

Because of all the emotional and physical turmoil people in this situation can experience, adultery can lead to particularly contentious divorces. If you are currently considering your options for a divorce based on adultery, you need to remember that you can work with an attorney to prepare for the challenges ahead and fight to protect yourself, your future and your rights.

Source: Forbes, "How Your Spouse's Ashley Madison Account Can Impact Your Divorce," Emma Johnson, Aug. 24, 2015

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