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Bertus Preller Discusses the Legalities of Simon Cowell Being Accused of Adultery

Everyone's Guide to Divorce and SeparationFamily law and divorce attorney Bertus Preller, author of Everyone’s Guide to Divorce and Separation, has written about The X Factor judge Simon Cowell being accused of adultery in the divorce of his friend Andrew and Lauren Silverman. Preller explains the legalities of the case, saying that Cowell may not have a monetary claim laid against him as New York is a no-fault state, but that in South Africa damages can be claimed from a third party in cases such as these.

Preller goes on to explain the legalities of these third party claims. “Compensation can be claimed for financial loss caused by the break-up of the marriage, as well as for the loss of affection”, he writes, saying that if the third party is not aware of the marriage then they cannot be held accountable.

Press reports states that Simon Cowell is accused of adultery in his friend Andrew Silverman’s divorce from Lauren Silverman, with whom The X Factor judge is expecting a baby.

In divorce papers filed in New York, a no-fault state when it comes to divorce Andrew Silverman, husband of Lauren Silverman chose to go the fault route instead. A no-fault state means that a couple do not need a reason to end their marriage. Silverman is said to feel betrayed and alleged adultery, and along with his future ex-wife listed Cowell as a co-defendant. Lauren Silverman’s affair with Cowell reportedly came as a shock to her husband, who has filed for divorce citing ‘adultery’ as the main reason for the divorce and accusing his wife of subjecting him to ‘cruel and inhuman treatment.

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