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Money and infidelity in Florida divorces

Divorce is often confusing beyond the emotional turmoil that the event may cause. Parents will need to work out the best ways to support their children, and homeowners need to address the realities of moving on materially. But one thing that comes up in nearly every divorce is the matter of money.

Divorces are often more complicated when more assets and properties require division between former spouses. This can be very difficult to deal with -- even if both parties have legal representation -- when the divorce is an emotional issue for at least one of the spouses.

Adultery is one of the most dramatic reasons to consider a divorce, but it does not need to occur for a divorce to happen in Florida. The Sunshine State is a "no-fault" state when it comes to divorce, so the only legal cause required is the irretrievable breakdown of the relationship or the mental incapacity of one of the partners. A spouse's extramarital affair may not even enter into an asset division deal under Florida law, as no reasons for the breakdown of a relationship is required in court.

However, infidelity can play a role in the division of the couple's assets. If one spouse spent the couple's money on an affair, that may lead a judge to order an equitable split that includes a refund of that money to the other spouse.

People getting out of a marriage should consider the importance of a lawyer in the process. Legal representation is often helpful to spouses looking to rebuild their lives with the proper resources after a divorce. It's also the best way to make certain that there's a fair division of the marital assets when infidelity is involved.

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