My wife and I recently separated after I confessed to an affair and she is demanding I move to another city.
We have a 14-month-old daughter and I am not interested in moving away from her, but I also do not want to rock the boat further and prompt retaliatory action.
What would be the recommended course of action legally?
While I am not licensed to practice law in your state, I can give some general guidance on this issue.
My initial reaction is to tell you to not relocate to a new city if you do not want to. Before I transition into more specific advice, I want to encourage you to contact a Cordell and Cordell associate licensed to practice law in your state. That associate will be able to advise you about the specific law and procedure relevant to your case. The rest of my answer is based on my experience practicing law as an attorney licensed in Georgia.
There is no legal obligation for you to comply with your wife’s request, regardless of the affair.
In Georgia, adultery can be claimed as a grounds for divorce; reason for divorce. It also bars the person who committed the adultery from receiving alimony from the spouse.
Adultery can also be considered by the judge in the larger picture of the divorce when deciding how to fairly divide up marital assets.
However, an affair does not obligate you to move to a different city. Your wife can ask that, but a judge would never require it.
I am also concerned that if you move, you make it more difficult to ensure your ability to co-parent and remain an active part of your daughter’s life. You can still parent by long distance but it is almost always more difficult.