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Alleged adultery may affect how senator, wife divide assets

Friday, September 22, 2017

A prominent state senator from an eastern state is under fire after his wife has filed for divorce amidst a slew of rumors about an alleged affair, according to news sources. Texas residents may already be aware of the influence an extramarital affair can have on divorce proceedings, particularly when it comes to how to divide assets between the two parties. Of course, a decision favoring one or the other party may depend strongly on evidence of the alleged indiscretion, as is the case here.

According to court documents, the senator's wife alleges that he began an affair with a former aide sometime during the woman's employment at the senator's office between 2010 and 2011. The woman, now 26, was not approached for comment by the source. The senator's wife officially filed for divorce on Dec. 27, 2013.

The senator's office has asked for the media to exercise discretion in publishing details about the divorce case. They have cited the upcoming 2014 General Assembly and the fact that misinterpreted facts in the divorce case could stand to damage the senator's reputation and open him to potential blackmail. The senator's wife is seeking alimony as well as full ownership of the couple's current home.

While Texas is a no-fault divorce state, adultery is still grounds for divorce under state law. Such an act could influence which spouse gets custody of any children and how the court determines any divide assets following a filing. It may be beneficial for anyone seeking a marital dissolution on these grounds to have a full understanding of how an infidelity charge can influence a divorce proceeding.

Source: stardem.com, Senator's wife files for divorce, alleges adultery with former aide, Gail Dean, Jan. 4, 2014

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