Anyone who catches his or her husband or wife cheating will undoubtedly experience sadness, anger, confusion and other strong emotions. In fact, there may be no worse feeling in the world than to discover that your spouse has been unfaithful. For many people, the betrayal of a cheating husband or cheating wife can be the undoing of an otherwise sound marriage.
Get the Answers You Need If You Are Considering Divorce
Ann Arbor divorce attorney Lana Panagoulia has nearly a decade of experience helping clients in situations similar to yours. She understands the impact infidelity can have on the outcome of her clients' divorce cases, and she is ready to answer any initial questions you might have.
We invite you to schedule an initial consultation at our Michigan family law office today. You may call our firm at 734-769-LANA (5262), or you may contact us by filling out a short questionnaire.
How Will Marital Infidelity Affect Your Michigan Divorce Case?
Since Michigan is a no-fault state, no reason needs to be given for seeking a divorce. However, the cheating spouse's infidelity may impact the case even in a no-fault divorce state such as Michigan. At Lana Panagoulia Law, PLLC, we understand how devastating infidelity can be and how it can affect alimony or property division. Attorney Panagoulia is respectful of her clients' emotions in these matters, and she provides the support and guidance they need during this difficult time.
"Attorney Panagoulia's personal touch was very reassuring to have. I felt she cared what happened to me. ... She is very competent, poised and formidable. What a lady! I will let the other doctors know about her. I do highly recommend her." — Anonymous client on AVVO's
Am I In a Better Position If I Prove Fault?
Although you do not need to establish fault to file for divorce in Michigan, doing so can put you in a better position when discussing spousal support and property and debt division. When you hire our firm, we work diligently to secure a positive outcome on your behalf. Our No. 1 goal is to provide personalized, attentive client service as we fight to secure the best outcome possible regarding:
- Spousal Support Awards: Courts in Michigan will weigh and factor in the faithfulness (or lack thereof) of both parties when determining if spousal support should be awarded. Proving that your husband or wife cheated, however, does not guarantee that you will be awarded spousal support or receive a larger amount than you would have otherwise received.
- Property Division: Michigan follows the rule of equitable distribution when dividing marital property. This means that the court will award property in light of what is fair in light of a couple's particular circumstances. It is important to understand that equitable distribution does not mean equal, which is why when one spouse is clearly at fault for the breakdown of the marriage relationship, the court can award more property to the other spouse. This is especially true if it can be shown that the unfaithful spouse spent funds from the marital estate on his or her extramarital relationship. We will work to recover these funds through the property division process.
We Offer Representation to Both Sides
Our firm has experience representing clients on both sides of these cases. Whether you are the spouse who has been cheated on or the one being accused of infidelity, we are prepared to provide the compassionate and supportive representation you need.
Divorce cases often involve strong emotions and feelings. We believe it is our job to offer representation that is free of judgment and completely objective. This approach allows us to best serve our clients so they can make well-informed, thought-out decisions.
Discuss Your Case With Our Michigan Lawyer
We look forward to learning more about your situation and offering solutions to meet your needs. Please contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our Michigan attorney. You can reach our office at 734-769-LANA (5262) or via e-mail.
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