Category Archives: No Fault Divorce

Is the marriage of Kanye and Kim over?

The tabloids are hinting that Kim is considering filing a petition for dissolution of marriage.  While no specifics have been stated, the hint is that this has something to do with Kanye’s recent melt down. Also, Kim is concerned for the safety and well being of her two children,  3 year old North, and 1 year old Saint.

In California, there are only two grounds for divorce. The first, is irroncilable differences. The second is incurable insanity. Most California divorces fall under the first category.

A married person can file for divorce under “irreconcilable differences” for any reason s/he desires. California is a no fault divorce state. That means that a California judge will not probe into the reason for divorce. Accordingly, Kanye’s melt down becomes irrelevant, with regard to Kim’s petition for dissolution.

As to Kim’s desire to keep her children safe, Kanye’s meltdown may come up if the parties contest custody. It may be relevant regarding which parent will wind up with primary physical custody; and, whether the other will get unsupervised or supervised visits.  It may also have bearing on the frequency of  visits, and how often Kanye will be able to see his children.

Once custody is determined, that will have bearing on the amount of child support Kanye may have to pay to Kim, since the time each parent spends with the children is a major factor in determing support.

However, Kanye’s meltdown will have zero effect on Kim’s petition for dissolution. In fact, if the issue of fault is raised during the proceedings, the party raising the issue could be sanctioned or fined.


Will Angelina’s past come to haunt her as she trashes Brad Pitt?

angelina-jolie-tattoosAccording to a recent article in the New Your post, it appears that Angelina Jolie’s trashing of Brad Pitt is quickly backfiring. For the past 12 years, Angelino Jolie has been a master at manipulating the media. People had begun to see her as a saint. She was held out as a role model mother, who traveled the world to help the less fortunate. People has forgotten about her past image. Now that image is coming back to haunt her. People are starting to remember her twisted past.

People are starting to remember the drugs, the blood viles, and her affair with her biological brother. Not to mention, the tatoos.

A colleage, who recently commented on Jolie, accurately said that when you point the finger at someone, four fingers point back at you. Angelina has been a bag of psychological tricks since she was a teenager.

As to perceptions, the public did admire her during this past decade. But they loved and still do love Brad Pitt.

Does No Fault Mean No Revenge In A California Divorce?

California is a “no fault” divorce state. That means that a California judge will not listen to arguments about the fact that your ex spouse had extra marital affairs. In fact, you could be sanctioned and ordered to pay a fine for bringing that issue up in a California divorce proceeding.

But does that mean that your spouses conduct is without consequences? Or that you are left holding the bag and without a remedy?

The answer is a resounding NO! There is always more than one way to skin a cat, or, in this context, to get revenge.  Remember, California is a community property state. Therefore, while a spouses infidelity may not be an issue in a California divorce proceeding, the way s/he spends his or her money ALWAYS is! Particularly if s/he squanders the assets of the marital estate, or makes a GIFT of community funds without the consent of the other spouse.

Since, California is a community property state, judges are supposed to equally divide the assets and debts of the community between the spouses when they divorce. However, like everything else, there are exceptions to that general rule.

The exception that is most on point here, is that neither spouse can make a GIFT of the community property without the consent of the other.  Here are two familiar examples.

Arnold and Maria

I am sure that most of you remember the split of of former Governor ArArnold and Marianold Schwarzenegger and his famous wife Maria Shriver, just a few years ago. Maria, as well as the rest of us, learned that Arnold fathered a child with another women while he and Maria were married and living together. This “love child” was born around the same time that their youngest son Patrick was born.

To add salt to the wounds, Arnold purchased a home for his former mistress and their love child in Bakersfield. The approximate cost of the home was $268,000.00. As stated above, Maria could not litigate or bring up the issue of Arnold’s infidelity during the divorce proceedings. If she had attempted to do that, she could have been sanctioned or fined.

However, if Maria could prove that the Bakersfield home was purchased with community funds, such as Arnold’s wages or assets acquired during marriage, and that she did not have knowledge of this purchase,  then she could have used that as evidence that Arnold had made a gift of their community property without her consent. Thus, she may have been able to have the purchase of the Bakersfield home set aside.  This, in turn, could have also be grounds for an unequal division of the community property.

As a caveat, I don’t know what finally happened between Maria and Arnold. If they wound up getting back together, or if they remained apart. Reference to their situation was merely used an example of the remedies Maria had available to her, had she chosen to use them.

Donald and Shelley

A more recent example, is the situation of Donald Sterling, the  former owner of the Clippers, and his now famous ex mistress V Stiviano. V Stiviano lived in a condo in LA that was worth $1 million dollars. She drove a nice car. She wore expensive jewelry. She enjoyed many comforts that she did not earn. Donald Sterling footed the bill for these items so that his mistress, V Stiviano, could live in luxury.Donald Sterling and V Stiviano

Donald Sterling made gifts to V Stiviano without the consent of his wife Shelly! Shelly found the paper trail, filed a law suit,  and was able to get all of those transactions set aside!

The basis of Shelly’s law suit was that Donald used community funds to make lavish gifts to his mistress, without Shelly’s consent.

Shelly is going to be able to set aside $3,000,000.00 worth of gifts to Donald’s mistress! Shelly got her revenge. Don’t you think?

Have a look at this article from the dailymail!


As stated above, the moral of the story is that No Fault does NOT mean No Revenge. While a beleaguered spouse cannot mention the indiscretions or affairs of his or her former spouse, s/he can always mention the manner in which the former spouse spent their money. Remember, every monetary transaction, whether through a bank account or credit card, always leaves an electronic trail. Therefore, if a scorned spouse can prove that an ex used community property earnings or assets to buy lavish gifts for a lover, s/he can have the transaction set aside. This may also be grounds for an unequal division of the community assets when the parties divorce.