Living in Las Vegas, there is a lot of temptation. Not only are there beautiful
people everywhere, but the city is full of hopping bars, nightclubs, and
all kinds of adult playgrounds that attract locals and tourists alike.
Not only that, but as the “city that never sleeps,” Las Vegas
is the definition of a 24-hour party town.
As someone who is trying to have a strong marriage and raise a family,
Las Vegas has a way of putting your marriage to the test, especially if
you and your spouse are in the habit of hitting the Strip with your friends,
and without each other.
Whether or not going to local bars and nightclubs are a part of
your marriage, studies indicate that over half of marriages will somehow be affected
by infidelity. Whether it was a one night stand, or a full-blown affair,
many of these affairs will lead to an eventual
divorce. If your marriage has been destroyed by an unfaithful spouse, you may wonder
if cheating affects
alimony or spousal support in Nevada. For example, in some states a cheating spouse
forfeits their right to alimony.
Nevada’s Alimony Laws
In Nevada, the family court may grant alimony to a husband or wife, otherwise known as
spousal support to the low-earning spouse if they have little to no income. Often, one
of the spouses exited the workforce to care for the couple’s home
and children, and they need support until they become financially independent.
Typically, the courts award alimony when they believe the higher-earning
spouse should financially support the lower-earning spouse.
How Cheating Impacts Alimony in Nevada
Unlike some states, especially the southern states, cheating generally
does not impact alimony awards in Nevada divorce cases. Usually, the courts
will not consider evidence of adultery when deciding whether or not to award alimony.
Even if the cheating spouse was a stay-at-home mom or dad, he or she may
still be entitled to alimony if they need it and their spouse can afford
to pay it.
Since Nevada became a
no-fault divorce state, the courts were no longer allowed to consider a spouse’s misconduct
when awarding alimony. However, if a supported spouse gets a new boyfriend
or girlfriend and they move in with their new romantic partner, who is
financially supporting them, the paying spouse can petition the court
to modify or terminate the alimony payments.
While infidelity does not affect alimony, it can affect
property division. For example, if a cheating spouse uses marital assets to pay for hotel
rooms, lavish gifts, and other aspects of the affair, the financial misconduct
can affect the division of assets.
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