Manifest-Injustice Doctrine

Manifest-Injustice Doctrine

Definition

Doctrine, applied in some jurisdictions in which an award of spousal support is barred if the dependent spouse is found to have committed adultery, that allows a trial court to award spousal support if the court finds that the adulterous spouse would otherwise suffer manifest injustice—for example, if the adulterous spouse cannot provide for himself or herself but the innocent spouse can well afford to pay spousal support.

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