An affair, for instance, typically isn't going to tip the scales. (Texas, where fault for the dissolution of marriage can be taken into account, is one large exception to that rule.) "Bad acts generally do not affect the distribution of the estate," says attorney Ray Oster, chair of the family law division with the State Bar of Nevada.
Nevada, famed for its legalized gambling, often sees gambling debts as marital waste and therefore not the responsibility of the other spouse, Oster
And keep this in mind: One person's marital waste may be another's prudent purchase.
Saying your spouse buys too many clothes, for instance, has not argued well in front of Nevada judges, Oster
"Judges often say, 'That's the reason you're getting divorced.'"
Things can become community property when you move.
This means if a couple moves to a community property state from a non-community property state -- say, from California to Illinois -- property or debts they acquired as a married couple in the non-community property state may be treated the same way they would have been if the couple had lived in the community property state.
Gifts or inheritance are not included in community property.
You may want to keep large gifts separate from joint accounts, says Oster