Most of us these days, even if we’re not religious, are aware of the phrase, “Thou shall not commit adultery.” Put simply, don’t have sexual intercourse with someone other than your husband or wife. What if the unthinkable does happen? Your other half cheats on you, and things have come to an end, or perhaps he or she has left you, perhaps for another man or woman. Well, that’s not right, is it? He or she has cheated on you. You’ve been left with the short end of the stick. You might be in a sticky financial situation, find yourself a single parent. The other person should pay. After all, it’s their fault things have ended.
One of the basis for divorce is the fact that the other person committed adultery. Surely that must count for something. Well, I’m afraid it does not. This is a common misconception. Just because the other person committed adultery, in general, does not count for much. Now, if they spend half your life savings on this other person, that might count for something when you’re working out the financial issues, but that’s another story, but, otherwise, no. The fact that your husband or wife had sex with another person does not mean that you benefit financially. The court take a neutral stand on this issue. In fact, the government has just announced that the law’s to be changed, and divorcing couples will no longer have to blame each other for the breakdown of their marriage. The outdated, fault-based divorce system is going to be changed so that a no-fault system will be in place. Adultery will no longer be a basis for divorce.
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