Penalties for divorce

 Anonymous (@) 7 years, 8 months ago

As infidelity is (IMHO) rightfully wrong in many people’s eyes, should courts enforce that all spouses caught of cheating pay ALL legal fees for both them and their ex-spouse? If the “moral guardians” of society hate the high divorce rate, shouldn’t they be proposing things to make divorce in some cases less attractive?

February 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Emma (193) (@emmaclaire) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

Good topic. I’ve never thought of this before. I think it makes a lot of sense. Why should the person being cheated on pay double (with being betrayed and having to pay money) without doing anything wrong? They just want to separate themselves from the person who was unfaithful to them.

Now that I think about it, though, this might be difficult to enact. Because what if the cheater doesn’t want a divorce? They will be less likely to want a legal divorce if they are the one who has to pay and how would you get legal proof that the person cheated in the first place?

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i4c1m2b (70) (@i4CiM2B) 7 years, 8 months ago ago

No and No. The right to privacy precludes both the courts and the public from knowing all the details and circumstances that occur leading up to a divorce. A cheating spouse is never the whole story. Piles of dirty laundry may look the same from a distance but a close inspection and sorting would reveal each to be unique. With the exception of the occasional celebrety couple, no one really wants to know what all is in those piles. The courts only get to see what the couple want to reveal. Cheating may be just an excuse a spouse was waiting for to justify a divorce action in court. People hire a divorce lawyer to get something from the procedings that they feel they deserve. That’s their choice Any moral guardians that hate high divorce rates are not privy to the details any more than the rest of us and should mind their own business.

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