Should you spy on your spouse during a divorce?

Couples often look for any reason to save money on a divorce. This is why many couples sprinted to finalize divorce proceedings before 2019, so they can take advantage of tax incentives. 

Another way some Florida spouses look to get more money out of their exes is to bring evidence to the court's attention that proves infidelity. As a result, many spouses wonder if they should spy on a spouse throughout the divorce proceedings to find evidence of cheating. For the most part, you should avoid snooping on your spouse, but if you do want to find further evidence, then you need to hire a professional. 

Adultery does not impact divorces in Florida

Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to divorce. That means a couple does not need a reason to divorce, so proving adultery is unnecessary. Some Florida residents mistakenly believe they can get more money in alimony if they can provide adultery. Florida law has no such guidelines that require a judge to give more money to one spouse due to infidelity. 

The exception would be if one spouse spent an exorbitant amount of money on his or her lover. When a person uses marital funds for this venture, the court finds it appropriate to make that spouse reimburse the other party. You can peruse through the spouse's financial documentation to find evidence of this. Your spouse should provide these documents to his or her lawyer, so they are easily accessible. 

It is not worth the emotional toll

Divorce is already an emotionally-draining process. While you certainly need to think about your finances during this time, you also need to take care of your mental health. If you look for evidence your spouse was unfaithful, you may not like what you find. With no inherent financial compensation to gain, it is simply more trouble than it is worth to spy. 

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