Most states won’t consider fault when dividing property.However, if one spouse spent thousands on jewelry, clothing, or trips for a lover, a judge will likely consider those expenditures when awarding assets in a divorce.
Some exes try to immediately sling mud when they find out about a new romance.
Your responsible new boyfriend or girlfriend can quickly get painted as someone they aren’t.
If a judge believes your ex, you could have limitations placed on your custody or visitation time because of any alleged danger the new person poses to your children.
In some states, older children are allowed to express a preference about custody.
So if your new relationship destroyed your marriage, you may have to pay additional spousal support—or be prohibited from asking for support—as a result.
You may believe that a new relationship will actually benefit your kids, but a judge may not.
The cheating spouse may receive a smaller property award or may have to pay a larger portion of the marital debts because of the affair.
Additionally, certain states allow courts to consider marital misconduct when awarding alimony.
Others start dating right away, as a distraction or to combat feelings of loneliness.
And in some cases, an affair triggered the divorce.
Above all, check with a local divorce attorney if you have questions about what’s appropriate with a new relationship.