Cardi B is an American singer-rapper, songwriter and television personality.
Her true name is Belcalis Marlenis Almazar. She was born and raised in
the Bronx, New York. She has had three number-one songs on
US Billboard’s Top 100, including
Bodak Yellow. Now, by the ripe old age of 26, she has earned seven Grammy nominations,
three American Music Awards, nine BET Hip Hop Awards, three MTV Video
Music Awards, and a Billboard Music Award.
In 2017, Migos rap singer Offset (true name Kiari Kendrell Cephus) proposed
to Cardi at a live performance at Power 99's Powerhouse in Philadelphia
PA. To seal-the-deal, he gave her a diamond engagement ring valued at
over $500,000. Later that year the couple married in a private ceremony
in Georgia. In July of 2018, Cardi gave birth to their daughter Kulture
In December of 2018, according to TMZ, Cardi announced on her Instagram
site that she and Offset had broken up and were likely headed for divorce.
Also, according to TMZ, Offset was having an affair during Cardi’s
pregnancy and that’s what ended the marriage.
If Cardi and Offset were California residents and filed for divorce, here
is the probable outcome of their proceedings.
California is a
no-fault state; meaning whether one spouse “had done the other spouse wrong”
would not be an issue. The only issue is whether there had been an irretrievable
breakdown of their marriage. Please note, even if the couple had a pre-marital
agreement that stated there would be consequences for infidelity, the
California courts would not recognize that clause of the agreement.
Since Cardi and Offset were married for less than ten years, California
would not recognize their marriage as a long-term marriage. In a long-term
California marriage, unless both parties agree to the end of the court’s
jurisdiction upon Judgment of Dissolution, the court will retain jurisdiction
to ensure a spouse in need is able to request spousal support.
Because their marriage was not long term, whether either spouse receives
spousal support will be based on the need of one spouse to receive funds
to maintain the lifestyle he/she had during the marriage, and the other
spouse has the means to pay the support. Usually, support is awarded for
about one-half the length of the marriage. The supported spouse is expected
to do whatever he/she can to improve his/her financial situation to no
longer need support. Further, depending on the validity of a pre-nuptial
agreement (if one exists in their case), the court may award spousal support
based on the agreement.
Cardi and Offset have a child together. California recognizes the importance
of both parents to be in their child’s life, and will award physical
and legal custody to both parents regardless of gender – unless
doing so would not be in the best interests of the child.
Lastly, Offset gave Cardi an engagement ring. Since the marriage did take
place, under California law, the ring legally belongs to Cardi. (Again,
unless there is a pre-nuptial agreement regarding the ring, and then the
court may honor the agreement.)