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Is an Emotional Affair Considered Adultery in the State of Georgia?

Are you worried that your spouse has made an emotional connection to another person and is slowly pulling away from you? An emotional affair can be devastating, but is it considered adultery in the eyes of the law? Having questions about emotional affairs and divorce is normal, so here are a few of the things you should know. 

Signs of an Emotional Affair

Before you can take any action, you need to know more about the situation. You have to manage your expectations because you’re likely to confirm what you already think rather than uncover the truth if you search for something with preconceived notions. 

Signs watch out for include: 

  • Increased protection over their phone and computer
  • Increased sharing about new hobbies or interests that came on suddenly
  • Non-stop talking about someone new in their lives, such as a coworker or acquaintance 
  • Significant changes in their physical appearance
  • Constant comparisons of you to someone else
  • Changes in their schedule
  • A change in overall attitude to be more cruel or mean

Many of these warning signs are the same as a physical affair, but knowing that there’s no physical component can make it feel even worse. 

It’s essential to bring up your concerns with your partner to find out what’s going on before jumping to conclusions. Talk to them about your feelings but avoid being confrontational. If they get defensive, they may be trying to hide something. 

While emotional affairs may be heartbreaking, are they legally considered adultery? 

Definition of Adultery in the State of Georgia

In the state of Georgia, adultery is legally defined as a voluntary sexual relationship between a married individual and someone who is not their spouse. In this sense, emotional affairs are not legally considered adultery. But that doesn’t make the experience uncomplicated. 

However, Georgia law provides for no-fault divorces where a divorce can be granted for any reason, such as irreconcilable differences. Georgia courts require a 30-day waiting period to determine if the couple can reconcile. 

Know Your Legal Rights

Of course, there are plenty of other considerations, and talking with an experienced family law attorney will give you more clarity, answers, and a plan of action moving forward. 

We are Georgia divorce and child custody attorneys. This is all we have done since 1995. We can help. If you need help or have any questions, we would be happy to speak with you via email, text, or phone. Check us out at

Scott Shaw
Shaw Law Firm, PC
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