Infidelity during a marriage has the potential to cause irreparable emotional damage to the relationship and eventually lead to divorce. Approximately 37% of divorces are initiated after infidelity is discovered, but it is possible that the actual numbers of adultery-related divorces are higher. Even though divorce is not as socially unacceptable as it was in the past, many adults are still uncomfortable admitting that they cheated on their spouse. Finding out that a spouse was unfaithful is painful, but there are times when confrontation is not always the answer.
Gives Your Spouse Warning
An angry and dramatic confrontation may give you a chance to vent your frustration, but also gives your spouse advance warning. Once a confrontation occurs, your spouse knows that you have discovered his or her infidelity and will assume you are considering divorce. In the state of Georgia your spouse may face consequences if you are able to prove that adultery occurred. A forewarned spouse can begin to destroy evidence of infidelity and limit your access to documents that are needed to prove income, assets, or other information that you will need to successfully pursue a divorce.
Social Media can Hurt Your Case
Confrontations are no longer limited to face-to-face incidents. Today couples often have visible Internet-based arguments that the world is able to see. While it may be satisfying to embarrass your spouse or the person they committed infidelity with on social media, your actions could negatively impact your case. Today attorneys use social media to find evidence during a divorce and if you indulge in social media confrontation, it may later be cited during the proceedings. Keeping all information associated with your divorce off of social media is the best way to protect your privacy and avoid giving your spouse something to use against you in court.
Places Children in the Middle
Parental alienation is a topic often discussed when a divorce or separation involves minor children. Confronting your spouse about infidelity in front of your children may affect how your spouse is perceived by your children. Also, children whose parents engage in multiple conflicts prior or during a separation or divorce are more likely to face long-term challenges. Fighting in front of your children about adultery makes it difficult for children to transition and makes it difficult for a child to feel loyal to both parents. Estrangement and conflict hurt children by damaging their mental health and straining relationships between them and both parents.
Contact an Attorney
If you or someone close to you believes your spouse is committing adultery, contacting a qualified attorney is highly recommended. An experienced divorce attorney is able to review your situation and help you determine the best way to proceed. The team at Vayman & Teitelbaum is able to work with you to prove adultery and seek the divorce settlement you deserve. We are ready to answer any questions that you have regarding divorce, child custody, and spousal or child support. Contact one of our four Atlanta metro area locations today to schedule a consultation.