Ask A Lawyer: Does Infidelity Affect Alimony Payments?


I found emails and pictures (non-explicit) that my wife sent to another man. All of them said I love you, or you have my heart and soul. I also have cell phone logs of her talking to this man all day while I was at work. She owns a home business that is fully financed by my job. I also found an explicit picture he sent her.

Although I can’t actually prove she has slept with him, does infidelity affect how much alimony I will have to pay her in the state of Georgia?



Addressing the specific issues in your case requires a detailed consultation with a qualified domestic relations attorney in Georgia, such as Cordell & Cordell, P.C.    Either an office or telephone conference at modest cost would allow review of your situation and provide a general overview of the law applicable to your situation by an experienced counsel.  

While Georgia law includes provisions under which misconduct may be relevant, an experienced attorney can evaluate how the particular misconduct and other factors in your situation will impact the various aspects of a dissolution of marriage case, as it is not just the statute, but the court rulings and practices in your area of Georgia that may affect the extent to which the misconduct will be taken into account.



Richard Coffee is a Litigation Manager in the Belleville Illinois office of Cordell & Cordell. He is an experienced divorce attorney whose practice is devoted to domestic litigation. He is licensed in the State of Illinois and is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Courts for Northern, Central and Southern Illinois.

Mr. Coffee has extensive domestic litigation trial experience representing clients in courts throughout Illinois on all aspects of domestic litigation, including the representation of clients who are current or retired military personnel with issues under the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act and the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act, clients involved in state court jurisdictional disputes due to the relocation of one or both parties from or to Illinois, and clients with government or private pension benefit valuation and division issues. 

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