Throughout the years courts across the country have ruled that infidelity
is sufficient grounds for divorce. In fact, in many pre-nuptial agreements
infidelity is specifically cited as a critical factor which may affect
the execution of the agreement. But in the modern age, what does and does
not constitute infidelity has become less well-defined than in years past.
Traditionally cheating was considered to have been an extramarital sexual
relationship, or a relationship which at least involved some kind of inappropriate
physical contact. But now many people take to the internet when looking
for romance outside of their marriages, and often times they conduct full-blown
relationships in cyberspace while never meeting in person. The recent
case of Anthony Weiner, who was caught exchanging racy messages with women
behind his wife's back, highlights this growing trend.
New York effectively has a no-fault divorce system, meaning that one spouse
does not have to prove infidelity in order to be granted a
divorce. Also, if one spouse is found to have been unfaithful that fact does not
affect the overall divorce settlement. Still, legal experts who weighed
in on the Weiner case mostly agreed that, though his actions did rise
to the level of infidelity, they probably would not have been sufficient
to be granted a divorce under a fault divorce system.
Online romance is definitely a growing trend with all of the social networks
and chat rooms there are online today. Has your spouse been caught in
an online romance? Did their romance ultimately lead to infidelity? The
fact that they were unfaithful may solidify your decision in filing for
divorce, but other than that it does not hold much weight in court. If
you are looking to file for divorce in New York, our team is here to provide
top-notch support and guidance.
Contact our office today to schedule a Free Case Evaluation and discuss your case.