Should I get a divorce lawyer if my spouse has one?
The short answer is yes. If your spouse hires a divorce lawyer, it’s in your best interest to hire an attorney to represent you. There’s more to it than that, and again, it varies by case. But in general, unless you have legal experience, you don’t want to go up against an expert practitioner without help.
How does cheating affect divorce?
Unfortunately for all of the faithful who are splitting due to a cheating spouse, infidelity rarely has much of an impact on the divorce. A cheating spouse may lose their right to alimony if infidelity can be conclusively proven, even with a no-fault divorce.
Do cheaters get alimony?
If you committed adultery, but your spouse permitted it or forgave you and carried on with your marriage even once the affair ended, your instance of adultery will not likely prevent you from receiving an award of alimony.
Are separate bank accounts considered marital property?
If you live in a community property state, anything acquired during the marriage — including the income used to fund those separate accounts — is considered “community property” and therefore belongs to both spouses. That’s not to say keeping some money in separate accounts is useless.