Over the last few months you had suspicions your husband had been cheating on you, but it wasn’t until you saw the credit card statements until you knew for sure. The Fairmont, Palace Hotel, and the Four Seasons were just a few of the places you suspected he and his lover spent time together, and after a private investigator confirmed your fears, you now want to call it quits.

Your friends are telling you that since he cheated, you are able to get just about any of the assets you want. Because your husband is quite wealthy, you think you are about to hit the jackpot. But is this true?

How Cheating Affects Divorces in California

You want to show the judge the credit card receipts and all the evidence the private investigator sent you that shows your husband was having an affair. But will it help?

California is a no-fault divorce state. In a no-fault divorce state, the judge doesn’t base decisions on whose fault the divorce was. This means that even though your husband was cheating and is the reason for your breakup, it won’t help you in court. Divorces are granted for two reasons in California: your spouse suffers from incurable insanity, and irreconcilable differences. The fact that you are breaking up because of your husband’s infidelity would fall under irreconcilable differences.

Cheating is not illegal in California. Some states have made cheating a criminal act. California, however, is not one of them. This means that in California, there is no legal definition of what adultery means, so the judge won’t grant you special treatment at all because of your husband’s actions.

Contact Marin County Divorce Attorney Paul H. Nathan Today

We understand the hurt, shock, stress, and loneliness you feel right now in your divorce. We know it feels like your world is crumbling around you, and that you think you have no one to turn to. But the truth is, you have us.

The legal team at the Law Offices of Paul H. Nathan has helped many women get through the difficult time you are facing right now. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you.