Dissipation

Dissipation

Definition

A spouse’s expenditures for his or her own benefit when his or her marriage is ending or irretrievably broken. Some jurisdictions limit a finding of dissipation to circumstances that allow the inference that the spouse intended to deprive the innocent spouse of his or her fair share of the marital estate, while others require the guilty spouse to have made the expenditures without regard to his or her obligations to the innocent spouse.

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