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当今美国司法系统对通奸的纵容

已有 578 次阅读 2021-2-2 23:58 |个人分类:感悟|系统分类:生活其它

当今美国社会的司法系统对通奸有着极高的容忍程度,常常这种纵容造成很多家庭悲剧。

丈夫抓到妻子通奸的铁证也没有任何作用,法庭(family court)只在乎亮点,通奸的一方是否在通奸的事情上花了很多钱,另外就是是否因为通奸给孩子造成心理影响。



How cathartic would it be if your cheating spouse were sent to jail? 

Adultery is a felony in Massachusetts and is punishable by a state prison sentence of up to 3 years. However, what are the odds that a person committing adultery is actually charged, let alone convicted and sentenced to prison? Slim to none. 

At one point, Massachusetts, with it’s puritan roots, actively criminally punished adultery, along with shaming and socially stigmatizing the adulterer. But that was a long time ago. 

If you now call the police to attempt to convince them to charge your spouse with adultery, you’re likely to be advised to take your business to family court. 

Impact of adultery on divorce 

Although there’s little to no risk of incarceration for adultery, it may have an impact on your divorce. 

For example, if a cheating spouse is spending significant amounts of money on an extra- marital affair, that may affect property division. If the cheating spouse is in a relationshipthat presents a risk to the children, that may be considered in determining custody and a parenting plan. 

However, even the family courts have recently treated adultery less harshly than in the past. Awhile back, if a spouse was labeled an adulterer, that significantly increased the odds that person would be “punished” in some form in the divorce - usually by the other spouse receiving a greater portion of the assets - even without a solid numbers-based reason. 

As time went on though, society and the courts came to realize, that although adultery is still considered amoral, it may be unfair to automatically impose significant financial penalties on someone without considering the facts of each specific case. 

For example, if a domestic violence victim seeks help and security outside the marriage and thereby becomes an adulterer, should that person be punished financially? What about an extra-marital affair that’s had no impact on finances or child-rearing? 

The greater the impact the affair had on either the marital finances or child-care, the higher the likelihood that it will impact the divorce. 

Summary 

Different fact patterns require different approaches. Although adultery is still technically a felony in MA, the court will no longer automatically punish the cheating spouse, but will instead examine the facts and circumstances of that particular case to determine whether it should impact the analysis on a key issue such as property division or child custody. 

If you have any questions about adultery in divorce, feel free to contact us for a comprehensive assessment.



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