I saw this Australian case in the press this week and was reminded of several cases where one party has decided to go on a spending spree following the decision to separate.

Unfortunately this can force the other spouse to take drastic action to freeze or preserve assets, which can only be done by a court application and forces litigation which may have otherwise been unnecessary.

The court will look at unnecessary or exaggerated spending and if the conduct of the spender is behaviour that should have an impact on the division of assets. This is often argued when spending is linked to gambling, drinking, drugs or spending on a new partner or prostitute.