Carlsbad Family Law Attorneys

Divorce Tip: Avoid the Revenge Shopping Spree

San Marcos, CA – The struggle of a divorce is no doubt a time of headaches and difficulty, and there may be a fair amount of resentment present, as well. You’ve heard of retail therapy and all the relief a good shopping spree can bring.

In fact, your reason, wouldn’t the spending you do now lessen the amount your soon-to-be-ex gets after the divorce?

“You need to be careful with your spending habits during a divorce,” warns San Marcos divorce attorney John Griffith. “What you might see as a bit of warranted revenge can ultimately end up hurting you in court.”

Dissipation of Marital Assets

Dissipation is a term used for a time when you or your spouse “conceals, conveys or wastes marital assets during the dissolution proceeding or in anticipation of divorce.” In laymen’s terms, that means spending or hiding money during the divorce process.

“And yes, dissipation can include a shopping spree,” explains Griffith, “so be aware that unnecessary spending during your divorce can cost you in the long run.”

Dissipation can include any of the following:

  • Spending money on an extramarital affair
  • Hiding jointly owned property or funds
  • Using credit cards or joint assets to make frivolous purchases
  • Spending money on alcohol, drug, or gambling addictions

Dissipation is not spending used for normal personal living expenses, as well as day-to-day spending on hobbies that both parties enjoyed or approved of during the marriage.

Are You Thinking About Revenge? Think More Before Making any Decision…

Consult with Our Divorce Attorneys First!

“Understanding types of property as defined by California law is essential in cases like these,” says Griffin. “With so much gray area under the term dissipation, knowing what kind of property you have is important.”

Types of Property in California Law

During a divorce or separation, there are three types of property defined in California law. If you signed a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, your case might be different, and you should consult with an experienced divorce attorney to determine what exactly you’ll get once the divorce is finalized.

Defining Property

Property is basically anything with a monetary value, including but not limited to:

  • Automobiles
  • Houses
  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Bank accounts and cash
  • Pension and life insurance plans
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Patents
  • Businesses

Any property, money, or other asset you got during your marriage, under California law, belongs to both you and your spouse. Even if you saved for and bought a car with your own money, it’s still considered community property if you purchased it during your marriage.

Community Property

This is basically anything that you and your spouse acquired while married or in a domestic partnership. This includes any money earned during the marriage and any items bought with that income. Debts are also communally accrued, no matter which spouse actually racked up the bills. However, gifts and inheritances are excluded under this definition.

Quasi-Community Property

If you lived outside of California at any time during your marriage, all income, property, and assets earned during your time out-of-state would qualify as quasi-community property. If you get divorced in California, all quasi-community property would be treated as Community Property, meaning everything would be shared with you and your spouse.

Separate Property

This includes everything you had before you got married or entered into a domestic partnership. It also encompasses gifts and inheritances to or from one spouse. Debts after the date of separation would also fall under the category of separate property.

Comingling

Oftentimes, pensions and houses can be in the categories of both separate and community property, depending on when they were earned or acquired. For example, one spouse may have been contributing to a retirement account before meeting the other partner. That would qualify as separate property but would be changed to community property for any contributions made after the marriage. It would, in the case of a divorce, return back to separate property. Comingling is the legal term that best describes these complex situations.

So What’s the Big Deal if I Shop with My Own Money?

Again, it’s all a matter of definition. If you earned the money before the marriage, it’s separate property, as long as you can prove when the money was earned. If you signed a prenuptial agreement, this would be another situation where you might be able to get away with excessive shopping.

However, be sure you’re not spending community property when you’re hitting up the mall. During the divorce proceedings, courts tend to look unfavorably upon those who have squandered joint earnings and can decide to award the other spouse more money.

To talk about your divorce case or to learn more about your property, schedule a free consultation with the experienced team at Griffith, Young and Lass today. These exceptional family law attorneys can help you with your unique case.

© 2017 Millionairium and Griffith, Young & Lass. Authorization to post is granted, with the stipulation that Millionairium and Griffith, Young & Lass are credited as sole source. Linking to other sites from this document is strictly prohibited, with the exception of herein imbedded links.

Categories

Meet Our Team 

Honest. Fearless. Bold.
  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS
  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS
  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS
  • Shirin Asgari, Esq.
  • Eric Cowdery, Esq.
  • Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq.
  • Joshua Yee, Esq.
  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.
  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    John Griffith has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2009. John is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified as an expert in the area of family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to opening Griffith, Young & Lass, he worked as the managing partner of one of the largest family law firms in North County San Diego.
    John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS Photo
  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    Catie E. Young excels in child custody cases and move-away trials. She has a unique approach to child custody cases and clients of Griffith, Young & Lass tend to gravitate toward her in these cases. Since joining the firm, she has continuously brought her zeal and compassion to representing clients in child custody and domestic violence cases, and in December 2011, she became a partner at Griffith, Young & Lass.
    Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS Photo
  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS

    Partner

    Amy Lass, a certified family law specialist, was born in New York and raised in San Diego, California. Amy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Enterprise Accounting. Amy went on to earn her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2006.
    Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS Photo
  • Shirin Asgari, Esq. Shirin Asgari, Esq.

    Associate

    Attorney Shirin Asgari has a broad spectrum of legal experience and has handled matters in family law, criminal law, business law, and national security law. Currently, she focuses on family law matters and is a strong advocate for the rights of her clients. She dedicates time and attention to the needs of each client and the unique circumstances their case presents.
    Shirin  Asgari, Esq. Photo
  • Eric Cowdery, Esq. Eric Cowdery, Esq.

    Associate

    Eric Cowdery earned his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees before earning his JD from Golden Gate University as part of the Honors Lawyering Program. He was admitted to the California Bar Association in 2013 and has been working diligently in the field ever since. Taking a personalized approach to each case, Eric Cowdery is committed to working with clients to help them through the often confusing and complex legal process of divorce.

    Eric  Cowdery, Esq. Photo
  • Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq. Jeffrey Wittliff, Esq.

    Associate

    Jeffrey Wittliff is extremely attentive to his cases and believes in thorough preparation and the value of regular client communication. Behind the scenes, he has an extensive background in research related to all areas of family law, propounding discovery when necessary, and negotiation to settle cases with opposing parties.
    Jeffrey  Wittliff, Esq. Photo
  • Joshua Yee, Esq. Joshua Yee, Esq.

    Associate

    Attorney Joshua Yeereceived his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, from the University of California, San Diego. Joshua went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from University of San Francisco. His experience working with a local Certified Family Law Specialist solidified his desire to become a family law attorney. Since becoming an attorney, Josh has exclusively practiced in family law.
    Joshua  Yee, Esq. Photo
  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq. Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.

    Associate

    Shaudi Malekzadeh is a Carlsbad family law attorney at Griffith, Young & Lass, advocating for the rights and interests of Southern California families in a variety of family law cases, such as child custody, alimony, spousal support, and the division of community property. She is committed to delivering effective legal representation to our clients, aggressively advocating for their legal rights, and offering compassionate legal advice.
    Shaudi  Malekzadeh, Esq. Photo

Our Results Speak for Themselves

Over 100 5-Star Reviews Throughout Our Social Media Platforms
  • I would highly recommend Griffith, Young & Lass to anyone looking for ethical, honest, hard-working and skillful lawyers.

    “I would highly recommend Griffith, Young & Lass to anyone looking for ethical, honest, hard-working and skillful lawyers (I would stress these are actually rare qualities within the legal industry and ...”

    - Scott G.
  • You cannot find a better law firm.

    “I cannot say enough good things about John Griffith and this law firm. Each person i interacted with was responsive, intelligent, thoughtful and professional. Attorney Griffith worked very hard to ...”

    - Michelle P.
  • It was the best decision I’ve made yet and hopefully, it will be yours too.

    “She doesn’t back down from anyone. It was the best decision I’ve made yet and hopefully, it will be yours too.”

    - Ian R.
  • Understanding, accessible, and I was very happy with the outcome of my case. If I could give a higher rating I would!

    “Easy to work with, forthcoming about the process, set realistic expectations, and always kept cost in mind.”

    - Jennifer P.
  • All three lawyers worked together on the issues surrounding my case, which helped greatly when I was in need of answers or support.

    “The GYL team is always prompt at returning calls & emails. From personal experience, I can tell you that they will not step away from your case until it's finished.”

    - Kelsey L.
  • I couldn’t have made it without them! I highly recommend them!

    “GYL has been an extraordinary support and backing in my divorce. Being a male in the military, the process for divorce and custody is difficult. GYL was extremely helpful, and I was able to full custody of my children. That alone is such a monumental feat.”

    - Frankie S.
  • Worth every penny! My custody case went as stress-free as it could possibly be.

    “I hate seeing anyone go through custody battles but if you’re in that situation and need someone who is trustworthy and great at what they do, then I swear this is the place to get the help!”

    - Emily B.
  • I highly recommend GYL if you are ever in need of a family law attorney.

    “No matter who I corresponded with they were always knowledgeable of my case and quick to respond.”

    - Kimberley F.
  • Highly professional and supportive in a very uncertain time in my life.

    “My clearance was granted without any additional issues. I'd recommend this legal team to any Soldier needing help with their clearance.”

    - K. Brooks
  • Always willing to listen to your concerns. I would highly recommend.

    “Compassionate and kind, however, he will fight for you and your best interests. He is calm and calculated and extremely smart.”

    - Ann M.
  • Extremely helpful, responsive, and reasonable and got the job done amidst tenuous circumstances.

    “She and her team were extremely compassionate, sensitive with me while concurrently advocating strongly on my behalf.”

    - Jeremy R.
  • I felt like she was practical and knowledgeable and most importantly, she listened.

    “The professional and succinct assistance was a much-needed breath of fresh air in the maze of hurdles and complications with our family law case.”

    - David R.
/

Why GYL? 

Turn to a Team that Does It Best
  • We're Leaders in Our Field

    From case planning to preparation, to superior courtroom presence, our clients can be sure that they will walk into the Courtroom prepared and with the best chance of success.

  • Client Centered & Results Oriented

    Our representation is tailored to the unique circumstances of each client. We deploy the GYL strategic case trajectory dynamic to ensure the best chance at success at the most reasonable cost. 

  • Brilliant, Hard-Working & Honest

    We don't believe in wasting our client's time and money. Helping people is what drives us to excel at our craft. We first identify the goals and interests of each client, we then develop an efficient and effective case plan aimed at achieving those goals.

  • Responsible & Ethical Practices

    We believe in a responsible and ethical practice and stick to our values regardless of the situation. We're transparent and don't just tell our clients what they want to hear, unless it's what we believe, even if it may deter them from moving forward. We stand by our team's expertise and will always be upfront and honest with our clients. 

Get Started Today

Fill Out the Form Below or Call 858-371-5569 to Speak with an Experienced Attorney
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.