Ft. Lauderdale, FL- If you cheat on a spouse you may end up shelling out a huge divorce settlement, especially if you have a shrewd divorce attorney. That’s what British director Rupert Sanders learned last week when he settled his divorce model-actress Liberty Ross.
Ross hired well-known attorney Laura Wasser which proved to be a wise decision on her part since she secured a rather generous divorce settlement from her cheating spouse. According to TMZ, Sanders will pay Ross $25,000 a month in spousal support, $14,000 a month in child support and she gets to keep the family home in Los Angeles. But that’s not all; Ross will also get 15 percent of the profits Sanders makes from his films, “Snow White and the Huntsman” excluded, and will get half of his bank and retirement accounts, TMZ reported.
Ross and Sanders will have joint custody of their two children.
Sanders gets to keep the couple’s Malibu home and a 1970 VW van.
Ross filed for divorce nearly two years ago when photos surfaced of Sanders making out with actress Kristen Stewart, of “Twilight” fame while they were filming “Snow White.” Whether that make-out session manifested into more intimate encounters is unknown. Sanders apologized, and Ross stood by her husband at first, but five months later filed for divorce.
Strangely enough, Ross also starred in Snow White.
Ross and Sanders, who are both British, married in 2002 and moved to Los Angeles so Sanders could work on his directing career.
There was a time when adultery would have had an impact on a final divorce settlement, if a couple took their divorce to court, but that isn’t the case anymore. Divorce courts are less concerned with what caused a divorce than they are with protecting the interests of a couple’s child or children. Very few states still have fault-based divorces in which adultery would have a bearing on division of assets or child custody. Florida is not one of them.
The main situation in which courts are concerned about adultery is when marital assets are used to support an extra-marital affair. For instance, if a husband or wife used marital assets to pay for expensive gifts or living arrangements for a lover, that could affect how a court divides a divorcing couple’s final divorce settlement.
An affair can impact child custody arrangements if the relationship was carried out in front of the children or the affair put them in dangerous situations or in contact with unsavory people.
When adultery does affect the outcome of divorce is during settlement negotiations, where nearly 90 percent of divorces are handled. The cheating spouse enters divorce negotiations feeling guilty and remorseful while the jilted spouse feels angry and vengeful. Each estrange spouses emotional state will undoubtedly influence a settlement. As much as divorce attorneys like to say it’s best to leave your emotions out of divorce settlements, we all know that can be nearly impossible.