Adultery and Inheritance

According to a recent Court of Appeals decision, a cheating spouse who leaves the marital home to pursue an extramarital affair loses his or her right to inherit assets and property owned by the spouse left behind. Conversely, in the context of divorce, the division of marital assets is generally not affected by whether or not a spouse commits adultery or otherwise behaves poorly. In other words, if you decide to commit adultery and move in with your new partner and then your spouse dies while you are living with your new partner; anything owned by your spouse will be passed to your spouse's heirs -- NOT you.

In short, if you have decided to co-habitat with someone other than your spouse, and you have not yet filed for divorce, you may want to consider getting that done.