Splitting Up: Equitable Distribution and Waste

By The Law Offices of Ronald H. Kauffman of Ronald H. Kauffman, P.A. posted in Equitable Distribution on Monday, June 22, 2015.

Everybody reacts to their divorce differently. One German man got angry and vented his anger by splitting everything in half. Literally, he divided all the marital property in half. Is that the right way to do it?

As Fox News reports, the heartbroken guy posted a video which shows him cutting things in half: his sofa, a big-screen Samsung TV, and even his Opel Corsa car.

You can see what he’s selling on eBay, after cutting his half, and how much it’s priced at:

Half a teddy bear – €51 ($58): “Although she doesn’t need a stuffed animal to snuggle, there are affectionate fellow workers for that.”

Half an iPhone 5 – €78 ($89): “I generously left her half of everything, even my beloved mobile phone. That way she can no longer secretly send WhatsApp hearts to a younger work colleague. She doesn’t need it anyway as she lives with one.

Half a Samsung TV – €24.75 ($28): “Of course, also the TV that I have purchased so she can comfortably watch ‘Germany’s Next Top Model’ on it.”

Half an Opel Corsa – €62 ($70): “My ex-wife wanted 50% of all our things, including our beloved little city car. Although it’s not clear to me why she’d still want a dinky old Opel. Her new guy is impressively motorized, I hear.”

Four nice chairs’ halves – €36.50 ($41): “The chairs are super as an art installation, or simply for people who like to sit on half-an-ass cheek.”

Half a MacBook Pro – €81 ($92): “The radical ‘conversion’ was more or less an idea of my ex-wife. She wanted to replace her husband, but keep the money and beautiful things.”

I’ve written about property divisions before. In Florida, marital property is divided according to our statute. Unlike in community property states, Florida is an equitable distribution state, and we start with the principle that marital property is divided equitably – not always equally.

In Florida, a spouse’s financial contribution to the asset, or a spouse’s destruction of an asset (and even infidelity) can be taken into consideration when dividing property.

You should familiarize yourself with how Florida courts divide property. It will go a long way in helping you when trying to negotiate with your spouse.

Letting your anger get the best of you, may look funny in the news, but for the German ex-husband who just destroyed all of his marital property, his behavior will cost him.