The Relationship of Cardi B and Offset

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 Kiari Cephus.

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.)

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