Plano, TX asked in Divorce for Texas

Q: Will funds spent after divorce papers have been served be deducted from the settlement?

Funds have been charged on credit cards for entertainment, household items, furniture, etc. Will the cost of these be deducted from the settlement?

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Ruby K Bolton
Ruby K Bolton
  • The Woodlands, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: The Court will not automatically deduct funds from a settlement. In most cases, the parties eventually reach an agreement. If you and your spouse agree to deduct those funds, than they will be deducted. If you have a trial and a judge rules, they will only be deducted if they were wasteful, fraudulent, or spent on a paramour. You are married until the day that you are divorced, so income earned during the marriage continues to belong to both of you.

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