When clients come in to see me, sometimes I will have the question asked whether it will help them if their spouse cheated. The answer is, “Yes, it will help you get a divorce.” By that, I mean that New York still has fault statutes. You can still get a divorce if your husband committed adultery. You can still get a divorce if your husband was cruel and inhuman to you.
However, your spouse could also get a no-fault divorce, which means that nobody did anything wrong. If your spouse did something wrong, yes, it just means it’s easier to get the divorce because you have a valid reason for this divorce. However, there’s no financial compensation for that. You don’t get paid more. You don’t get anything more because your spouse was at fault. There’s no compensation for bad behavior.
There may be some instances, however, in which if you find that your spouse has spent marital funds on the third party that they had the affair with, you may be able to recoup half of those funds. Every divorce is entirely situational, so if you are interested in seeking a divorce in Rockland or Westchester County, you should seek legal counsel from an experienced attorney who can help you during this time.
Rockland and Westchester County trust in the legal services of Leslye M. Schlesinger.. Ms. Schlesinger has over 30 years of experience helping clients avoid litigation through alternative dispute resolution, including collaborative divorce and mediation. If you need a committed attorney, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger for a consultation.