Cheating Spouse - Why Dissipation Matters

Dissipation is a financial claim that one spouse can make against the other during divorce that your spouse wasted marital funds and needs to pay you back for spending money on items, a new boyfriend or girlfriend (paramours), other people or extended family, or services that did not benefit you or your marriage.


For example, if your spouse regularly had been dating a new person, and paid for that dating activity with marital funds or earnings you may have a claim for dissipation. These questionable expenditures may include costs of romantic evenings, hotel costs, meals, travel and gifts.  If you prove your spouse “wasted” community funds, you are entitled to be reimbursed for the expenditures.


You may have other claims for dissipation, like gambling or drug use.  The best dissipation claims are those that are made right away, not a claim from 3-10 years ago.  Often Judges will not allow (or care) about dissipation from many years ago.  

If, during the course of your divorce, you find massive amounts of ATM withdrawals that appear to be money that was socked away to hide from the divorce, that too would give rise to a dissipation claim.

If you feel that you have or may have a dissipation claim, we can discuss the issue in greater detail at our initial consultation. 

Please contact our office to set up your free initial consultation to discuss this and other issues related to your case. (630) 416-6600