Equitable Distribution


Dear Virgo,

Generally, no, the behavior of the other spouse is not a consideration in property distribution. However, you can argue for an unequal distribution in your favor if that spouse’s behavior led to a depletion of marital assets., i.e. they spent a large amount of money, took money out of a retirement account, or ran up a large amount of debt in pursuit of adulterous affairs.

Good luck,

Shonnese D. Stanback
The Rosen Law Firm
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Is the behavior of one or other of the spouses ever taken into account during the equitable distribution process? ie: the spouse that sued for divorce had numerous affairs, etc.

Thank You,