By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
“He/she has been cheating on me! This divorce is all his/her fault!” Those are words that may be spoken in divorce court, but they will have no legal significance and the judge will probably tune it out UNLESS the testimony or evidence can prove there were substantial marital funds expended on the paramour.
Florida is a “no fault” state. The spouse who is “wronged” does not get to punish the wrongdoer in the legal scheme of things because there is a big difference between moral wrongs and legal ones. The court is not going to decide who was right and who was wrong. The court is not going to entertain the reasons for the parties split. The court is not going to micro manage your lives.
Where there are cases dissipation of marital assets, due to drugs, gambling, affairs, the court MAY give the wronged spouse additional funds to make up for the misery. This legal principle is called dissipation of marital assets by one spouse to support his sex, drugs, shopping or other addiction. But remember, you the innocent spouse, married this person, and stayed married all those years. It is something to think about. For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com.