Adultery In Pennsylvania Divorce Law

PA Divorce law adultery

Pennsylvania law recognizes adultery as a fault ground for divorce. The cheating spouse is at fault, due to his or her adulterous behavior, for the decision to divorce. When a divorce involves adultery, it can affect spousal support and alimony. Yet, it is not likely to impact custody, visitation, child support or even marital property distribution.

What Constitutes Adultery in Pennsylvania Divorce Law?

To fully understand Pennsylvania adultery laws, we must first understand what defines adultery. Adultery is when a married person is engaging in sexual relations with a person other than their spouse. If adultery is proven, the court will consider it when deciding whether to award spousal support or alimony to the cheating spouse.

Now that we understand what adultery is and how it impacts divorce, it’s important to also know how Pennsylvania law views adultery. Read on to learn more.

Is Adultery A Crime In Pennsylvania?

Cheating in Pennsylvania is not a crime. But, there are many other real and significant ramifications that make adultery as serious as a crime. Adultery still counts as a civil matter for Pennsylvania divorce courts, and it is a heavily weighed factor in the divorce proceeding.

Does adultery affect spousal support in PA?

When adultery is the fault ground for divorce, it won’t affect the share the cheating spouse receives of the couple’s marital assets but could mean less or no alimony.

Can adultery impact child custody and child support?

While it is rare that adultery would impact child custody, it is possible. For example, if a spouse’s adulterous actions showed neglect or harm for a child. This behavior can include leaving them unattended or inadequately cared for. In such a case, the court may see this as cause for concern over the care for the child.

In order for the court to consider adultery as the fault ground for a divorce, the innocent spouse has to prove the the cheating. Such proof might include pictures, text, social media messages or phone call records. It can also include receipts for things like travel, dates and gifts, or even testimony from the adulterous partner.

A critical detail is that adultery will not hold up in the court as a ground for divorce if the so-called innocent spouse also committed adultery. Adultery won’t stand either if the innocent spouse forgave the cheating by reconciling with the guilty spouse.

Help with Adultery and Divorce in Pennsylvania

If you or someone you know is considering filing for divorce with adultery as the reason for doing so, it’s important to get professional legal advice from an experienced divorce attorney who understands Pennsylvania divorce law.

By seeking advice early, you will be in the best position to protect your rights and assets. With and experienced family lawyer you can work toward a swift and fair outcome. Speaking with a trusted family lawyer will help protect your children and your custody rights. If you have a question about adultery and divorce, please contact us today at (717) 790-2048 !

  1. Dwane Thomas says:

    My wife and then committing adultery for years now and she want me to move out the house we have six kids to be adopted I am the breadwinner I have been providing for my family for over 15 years I need help before this is a stressful situation she also tries to start fights arguments as he screams and yell at me in front of the kids

  2. Mario Lawson says:

    We had a verbal agreement of me being responsible for everything ive achieved for her, in my control so she would not be a public charge before i brought her into the states. Me and my best friend filed for her to get her into the states.

    She agreed and eventually I brought my Ethiopian wife into the USA in 2014. 3 years later she commits adultery twice (once over my house and once over his house). I caught them both and my best friend told me about it! My wife also knows that i have a mental condition called schizophrenia (Iam home all day and home taker of the house). She took well advantage of my mental anguish by verbally threatening me to it's fullest, but ive tried to isolate myself off from her each time she returns from work in which ive help her get.

    Throughout the years her threats of calling the police on me escalated to the point that my "Voices" told me not to file against her, so i was kind of afraid and didn't pursue that hoping she wouldn't. Though she never apologized and ive never forgiven her, it's now Oct 2019 and she threatened me with the police if i didn't send them to public schooling and eventually got a PFA on November 8th 2019! Though ive told her i had good plans to properly and legally homeschool my 2 daughters, she sneaks out, calls the police and evicts me with the PFA!

    Iam the head of the house hold and ALL bills are in my name! I am currently in the shelter now and need help! My hearing in on November 20th 2019.

  3. Brianna says:

    My husband kissed me good bye lied to me about where he was going. Come to found out he was with my best friend the entire time. Didnt have any contact with his daughter for 5 days. Just completely disappeared. Then finally lashed out to me. And told me he cheated on me 3x then proceeded to tell me what all he did with her. I want to file for adultery.

  4. Joseph Bates says:

    Hello I would like to come in for a consultation for divorce at your earliest convenience.

  5. Jim naret says:

    I found out last year my wife had an affair with a man 27 years old she was 38 has 3 teenage kids. This happened 26 years ago. I still live with her .im thinking of divorcing her but i want to get her for adultry. Can i subpeona her lover? I know everything that happened.

  6. Jammie Lauro says:

    My Cousin found out her husband has been cheating on her for months and has now left the house saying he is no longer married. He is still seeing the other woman and is now telling my Cousin she is on her own when it comes to money and household. My Cousin is a mother of a 14 year old daughter. She also has been a home maker for 8 years and has no High school diploma and suffers from social anxiety. She is scared that she will lose her daughter and home. She has lost weight due to the stress she is under from her husband cheating and leaving. She does not know where to start and has no money to her name only a joint bank account and credit card her and her husband share. He has recently said to her he does not care what she does and she has no proof of the cheating. He knows she has no money and is threatening her that she will lose everything. He is also verbally abusive.

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