What Not to Do: Burn Your House Down During Your Divorce

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In today's example of what not to do in your divorce: burn your house down. That's right, a Boston man in the midst of his divorce tried to burn his $900,000 house to the ground.

Timothy Brosnan, 57, was arrested Saturday evening shortly after police say he set his Linden Avenue home on fire. He was arraigned on an arson charge this afternoon in Lynn District Court. He will return to court Wednesday for a dangerousness hearing.

Prosecutors say Brosnan burned the house he built one day before he was scheduled to hand it over to his soon-to-be ex-wife as part of a divorce settlement.

It's not hard to imagine why this is a bad idea generally (criminal charges, being the obvious downside) but in terms of the divorce destroying assets has negative ramifications. In Indiana, the Court find that a party dissipated an asset when they destroyed it. One possible effect of this would be the husband, in this case, would be "charged" with the full value of the house and not get it.

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