Beyond the Bounds of Decency: Why Fault Continues to Matter to (Some) Wronged Spouses

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This Comment adds three observations to Michelle Evan’s astute analysis of the problems with trying to account for wrongs in a marriage outside of the divorce proceeding: first, that the transaction costs of showing fault may be worth it financially or emotionally to the party who has been wronged; second, that deeply unfair results can arise in the absence of an inquiry into fault in the divorce; and third, if we trust judges and juries to determine what is and is not acceptable behavior in the criminal and civil contexts, then why not trust them to make similar determinations about fault in the context of family law?
Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number12
Pages (from-to)503-5014
Number of pages12
JournalWashington & Lee Law Review
StatePublished - 2009


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