Or, the other spouse may simply suffer anger and hurt as a result of the limited amount of time it apparently took the dating spouse to recover and move on.
For example, the judge might disapprove of the dating spouse's behavior and develop a bias against them.There will typically be a marital portion of the asset, and a portion which should be returned to the participant spouse.The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled on a case involving the treatment of a particular type of asset, a monetary settlement from an accident, in the case of , 32 A.3d 668 (2011).Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state when it comes to splitting up marital assets in a divorce.Equitable distribution does not mean a 50-50 split but, rather, it mandates a fair division of marital property. Marital property includes all property acquired even if it is only held in one partner’s name.Dating before a divorce is final is one of the typical issues that causes heightened conflict during a divorce.The other spouse, if they are not dating, may develop the idea that the dating spouse was committing adultery even if that idea hadn't surfaced before.While such a bias is ostensibly unacceptable in the U. legal system, judges are human and biases are natural and even probable in some instances.In addition, in some states the new relationship may be considered in the division of property or alimony determinations, so the dating spouse may not get as much as they want out of the divorce depending on the new partner's financial circumstances.Marital property includes joint assets and joint debts. The same holds true in regard to marital debt; just because the debt is in one partner’s name does not mean it is not marital debt.A marital asset is defined by statute as: "all property acquired by either party during the marriage and the increase in value of any nonmarital property…" 23 Pa. Marital assets are acquired during the marriage, starting with the date of marriage and up until the "date of separation." There is no formal "legal separation" in Pennsylvania, although the concept of a date of separation is important for a number of reasons.