When Adultery Affects the Marital Estate?

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No-fault legislation eliminates the need to accuse your spouse of wrongdoing to exist the marriage. There are many benefits to having a no-fault divorce. It can offer a quicker divorce as there is no need to explore who is to blame for the union’s dissolution. There tends to be less conflict, and therefore, less emotional harm to the children. Divorces are arduous without adding additional strife. Also, monetary settlements are based on a spouse’s needs and the contributions to the marital estate. However, what if a portion of the marital estate was spent on an extramarital affair? What if, without your knowledge or consent, money from your bank accounts was spent on lavish gifts like jewelry, cars, or an apartment? Are you only entitled to half of what is left, or are you entitled to be reimbursed?

The Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi are here to answer those questions. The dedicated team of attorneys aims to simplify divorce proceedings and protect your rights, assets, and property. When you need a divorce attorney in Westlake Village, California, contact the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi today to safeguard your future.

The Marital Estate

If you are considering the dissolution of your marriage, many questions run through your mind.

How will the children react? Will my spouse fight the divorce or consent? What does my future look like? How do I protect my finances?

When it comes to the marital estate, it is comprised of:

  • Bank accounts and cash on hand
  • Any 401(k)s, pension plans, stocks, bonds
  • Vehicles, motorcycles, and boats
  • Property (land, houses, vacation houses, timeshare)
  • Furniture, art, jewelry, designer clothes, handbags, shoes, belts, china, crystal
  • If you own a business or a patent, voting rights, and other tangible and intangible aspects of said business

California is a no-fault state; therefore, assets are distributed equally. However, what if a third person has taken a sizable chunk out of the marital estate without your consent?

How Adultery Can Affect the Division of Assets?

If your spouse has violated the terms of the marriage contract and spent an exorbitant amount on an affair, you may be entitled to reimbursement. This can be difficult to prove, particularly in the cases of expensive hotels or dinners. The highly sought divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi have extensive experience in these proceedings. You need a knowledgeable attorney to examine your case and advise you of the best course of action.

Consider excesses your spouse may have spent without your consent.

  • Was money depleted from the marital estate by way of luxurious hotel suits or trips?
  • Did your spouse spend money on expensive jewelry, lingerie, designer clothes, or luggage?
  • Was the money spent on leasing cars or apartments without your knowledge?

If so, you may be entitled to recoup your losses. We can help.

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When you need a divorce attorney in Westlake Village, California, you need the highly sought attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi today. Contact us for a consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 805-379-4550.


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