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What can I do to protect myself if I suspect adultery?

When a Charlotte, North Carolina, resident suspects his or her spouse is not being faithful, the emotional fallout can be difficult to manage, at least in the short term. Even with modern expectations about love and marriage, getting cheated on behind one's back just hurts.

In the midst of it, though, people might not think of the financial consequences their spouses' affairs might have on them. If a cheating spouse is spending money and time with his or her affair partner, for instance, that leaves less for the innocent spouse.

There are certain things a North Carolina resident can do to protect himself financially from the effects of cheating. For one, they need to know exactly what is and is not considered marital property. By knowing what the couple owns between them, the victim of adultery can also know what property is missing.

It's important at this point that the victim not react emotionally to the suspected affair but begin to think about the financial aspects both of divorce and staying together. For instance, while it might be tempting to start stashing away some of the marital property outside the reach of one's cheating spouse, that rarely will help long term and may even serve to make the victim of the affair look like the problem.

In addition to getting financial affairs in order, someone who suspects cheating should also calmly and objectively start the process of hiring the professionals they will need to protect their rights in court, including a family law attorney and, as necessary, financial advisers.

Finally, it is important for people to remember that heart balm claims are available in North Carolina, meaning that the victim of an affair can recover compensation for their financial and emotional losses even from their spouse's affair partner.

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