Dissipation of marital assets occurs when one spouse wrongly spends marital income or marital assets for an improper purpose. If the expenditure did not benefit the marriage or the family it could be considered dissipation. An example of dissipation could be gifts or vacations a spouse takes with his or her lover. Under the law, the expenditure will only be considered dissipation if it occurred while the marriage was “irretrievably broken”. If dissipation is established, the court may order the party who improperly spent the money to “pay back” the other spouse or may award the non-spender additional assets to compensate for the dissipation. If you have questions about dissipation of marital assets, call me — Chicago divorce lawyer Tanya Witt at (312) 948-9884 or email info@thewittlawfirm.com. The above blog post does not constitute legal advice. Please discuss your specific rights with an attorney.