Even though Missouri strives to equally divide marital assets regardless of why a couple is seeking a divorce, infidelity can still impact how that divorce unfolds and the time it takes to finalize a divorce agreement. The recent hacking of a website promoting infidelity has brought to light just how prevalent infidelity or the desire to be unfaithful may be. In Missouri, when a judge works to ensure property division is done equitably, the ripple effect of infidelity can impact that property division settlement.
One way infidelity can matter is if one party used marital funds to finance the affair. This may include the monthly cost of belonging to such a website or the cost of expensive gifts given to a person with whom the spouse is having an affair. If shared accounts or martial funds were used, the other party may seek to be compensated for the lost shared funds.