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How Does Infidelity and Misconduct Factor Into a Divorce?

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

Infidelity and misconduct in a marriage are factors given much weight in some areas of North Carolina’s domestic laws. In fact, when it happens, the first instinct in the mind of many injured spouses is to seek a divorce. Unfortunately, North Carolina is an absolute divorce state and there is no “fault-based” ground for divorce. This means that if a spouse commits infidelity or some other act of marital misconduct, the other spouse cannot use this as a basis to file for divorce and sever the ties of marriage. Nevertheless, there are several ways in which infidelity and misconduct still play a role in several aspects of a separation and divorce. Divorce from Bed and Board A divorce from bed and board is not an actual divorce, but is effectively …