Tuesday, February 05, 2008

That old chestnut

Still on the subject of adultery, I wanted to dispel one of the myths: that an admission or finding of adultery will adversely affect your financial settlement. It will not. This was the case many years ago in the days of the 'matrimonial offence' (before my time!), and could have serious consequences, such as a 'guilty' wife not being entitled to maintenance. Nowadays, adultery by itself has no effect upon the financial settlement, although it could result in the 'guilty party' being ordered to pay the costs of the divorce itself. Conduct can have a bearing upon the financial settlement, but it has to be exceptional, and adultery alone is not exceptional. Of course, if the 'adulterous spouse' has formed a permanent relationship with the other person, then that would be relevant to the settlement, but only because of the effect (if any) of the relationship upon that spouse's financial circumstances.

Right, I hope that's cleared that up!

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