Family Law Blog

The Cougar and her Cub

Well, it looks like the rumors are true. Demi Moore just announced that she filing for divorce from her husband, fellow actor Ashton Kutcher, after six years of marriage.   The 49 year old actress was previously married to actor Bruce Willis and rocker Freddy Moore.  Mr. Kutcher, who is 33 years old, was never previously married.

While we don’t know, and may never know, the details of their split, it was reported that Ms. Moore stated publicly that she has chosen to move forward with her life, adding that there are certain values that she holds sacred.  Monogamy may be one of them as the Internet has been buzzing lately that Mr. Kutcher has been seen around town squiring other women and even cheating on his wife on their anniversary.  How low can you get?

While adultery is not grounds for divorce in Florida, the Courts may consider a party’s dissipation of marital assets on a paramour in dissolution actions in this state.  Section 61.08, Florida Statutes, specifically states that the “court may consider the adultery of either spouse and the circumstances thereof in determining the amount of alimony, if any, to be awarded.”

The Court also has the authority to consider dissipation of martial assets when fashioning an equitable distribution scheme.  Section 61.075, Florida Statutes gives the Court inherent authority to consider the “intentional dissipation, waste, depletion, or destruction of marital assets after the filing of the petition or within 2 years prior to the filing of the petition.”

So, before you cheat on your spouse consider the consequences.  You could be paying through the nose and your wallet for a long time to come.

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