There are many divorce cases where one of the parties will take steps reduce the amount of property and assets their spouse will receive after a divorce is finalized, such as use or spend assets in a wasteful manner. Wasteful dissipation is defined as the use of an asset for an illegal or inequitable purpose, including a spouse's use of community property for personal benefit when a divorce is around the corner.
One of the things that can make divorce particularly challenging is children. Not only are both parents invested in spending quality time with their kids, but also the children are often unprepared emotionally for this time of emotional upheaval. Even full grown adults find dealing with divorce hard to swallow. Because divorces tend to foster negative feelings between the parents, they can often make mistakes that cost them during the child custody hearings.