Wife uncontrollable spending


Dear bigspender:

Greetings. In NC the only “grounds” for divorce are insanity or one year of separation. Reckless spending can be a factor when determining alimony though.

All the debts she incurs during the marriage are half yours, even if she is only buying stuff for herself. Therefore, if you don’t want to be burdened with her debt, you can ask her to leave or you can leave with the kids.

Now, reckless spending probably will not factor into custody at all. Best of luck.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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My wife of 7 years continues to recklessly spend. This past month 80 transactions and $3300 on one credit card.

It is getting to the point that the financial security of the family is deteriorating (money set aside as savings is being used to pay off her debts).

I’d prefer to keep the family together because of the kids, but the added stress caused by her spending is grinding me down.

Is financial recklessness grounds for divorce? How wouls this factor into determining custody?