By 1987, all fifty states had adopted no-fault divorce laws, exclusively or as an option to traditional fault-grounded divorce. Despite the obvious advantages, no-fault divorce laws sometimes leave parties with no real remedy for harmful acts of a spouse. Most states have laws that prevent one spouse from suing the other. Fault has survived in some aspects of divorce proceedings. Under current theories, marital misconduct is irrelevant to the divorce itself, but it may be relevant to related matters such as child custody, child support, and child visitation rights, spousal maintenance, and property distribution.
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