Divorce’s can be very trying times for people. Ending a marriage comes with a lot of stress because lives that were joined must be divided into two separate lives. One man believed that his ex-wife’s breast implants should have been included in the settlement.
It is hard to decide how to divide the marital assets, so a judge is usually involved. A judge in North Dakota found out that some people have some strange ideas, as to what should be considered a marital asset. Erik Isaacson claimed that his ex wife Traci’s boob job should have been added to the marital assets, to be divided. He said that the $5,500 (,3,376) breast implants were no different from the couple’s car, home, and La-Z-Boy recliners.
The South Central District of North Dakota family court judge, Judge Robert Wefald, was unsure of how he could possibly divide breast implants between the couple. He was reported as saying, “Absolutely nonsense. I can’t imagine people would actually waste time thinking that breast implants are marital assets. It just defies common sense. I don’t know how you would expect me to award breast implants, if you want me to have them cut out and given to Mr. Isaacson.” The case of Isaacson v. Isaacson was very ridiculous, however Erik and his attorney were very serious.
During the proceedings, Justice Daniel Crothers actually asked Erik’s attorney, “Do we have any lines to be drawn? Is hip replacement a marital asset?” In response, the attorney argued that breast implants were not a necessary procedure. He said that they were purely cosmetic and elective. His argument was basically, if Mr. Isaacson bought a nice car, to look good in when he was driving around, it would be the same as Traci’s breasts. These arguments did not sway the judge. He found the whole idea to be absurd and told them exactly that.
A similar case involved a Dr. Richard Batista. He had given his wife a kidney and demanded that she give it back during the divorce. He was embroiled in four year long divorce proceedings and was becoming very frustrated with the negotiations. He said that he would take the kidney or $1.5 million. His demand was also denied.
Some people believe that plastic surgery procedures are commodities that can be listed as marital assets. Fortunately, no judge has decided that they are right.