Infidelity and Divorce in Texas
Adultery is an increasingly important aspect of divorce in Texas. While adultery is not considered a crime in the state of Texas, it does have a bearing on the way in which a divorce proceeds. The judge will consider many factors, but an affair could affect the outcome of the divorce agreement.
If you are facing divorce and there have been instances of adultery by either spouse, you may want to consider hiring an experienced divorce attorney to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. To learn more about the services that we offer during a divorce, contact the Denton divorce lawyers of Alexander & Associates today by calling 972-420-6560.
Ways of Interpreting Adultery and Divorce
Since there is no standardized method of handling adultery in divorce cases in the state of Texas, each judge will use his or her own discretion to determine how to factor the adultery into the divorce agreement. There are many ways that the judge may view the adultery with regards to divorce, such as:
- Non-relevant and non-causal—some judges consider adultery to be a non-relevant and non-causal aspect of divorce. These types of judges often argue that whatever caused the adultery (some conflict and/or discord) is also what caused the divorce.
- Central and causal—some judges believe that adulterous spouses should be punished and will therefore have child custody and property rights reduced.
- Middle ground—most judges will weigh all aspects, including adultery, when making the divorce ruling. These judges will likely examine whether or not the marriage was happy and healthy prior to the adulterous act(s). If it can be proven that the adultery is what caused the divorce, the judge will likely be harsher towards the adulterous spouse.
Fortunately, no matter your position in the divorce, a lawyer can ensure that you are treated with the fairness and respect that you deserve.
If you are facing divorce, you can greatly benefit from the experience of the Denton divorce attorneys. No matter how complex your divorce may be, a successful and experienced attorney will ensure the process is as painless and stress-free as possible. To inquire further, call Alexander & Associates at 972-420-6560.
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