If my spouse cheats, and we divorce will I get custody of my children?

In response to the question, “If my spouse cheats, and we divorce, will I get custody of the children because of my spouse’s infidelity?,” the answer is unequivocally “no.” No state in the United States awards custody to the cheated-on parent, if the other parent has committed adultery.

And in my opinion (and while I see adultery as harmful to marriages and families), adultery has very little impact on the child custody award analysis. Unless one can connect a parent’s adultery to some deleterious effect on the children, it is hard to claim that adultery makes a parent unfit to exercise legal or physical custody of his/her children.

In response to the question, “How much does divorce typically cost?,” the answer is, according to LegalZoom (and I don’t know how reliable this claim is) between 15,000 and $30,000, depending upon what state you live in and its costs of living and depending upon the complexity and difficulty of a particular case. Some cases are resolved by a quick settlement for just a few hundred dollars, and some divorces cost millions of dollars before they are done.

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