What is Community Property in California?

California is a 'community property' Divorce state.  This means that assets as well as income that is earned or acquired during the marriage are shared equally. Community property  includes real estate, retirement funds, investments and other assets as well as debts. Community property is … Read more about What is Community Property in California?

So Your Spouse won’t Talk to You

There are times when one or both parties wish to Divorce or Legally Separate but one spouse refuses to speak with the other. This situation may involve children or it may not.   However, the Divorce or Legal Separation can still be addressed and completed  in court. The first step is to file for … Read more about So Your Spouse won’t Talk to You

The Emotional Side of Divorce

Divorce is one of the most difficult and stressful episodes in a person's life.  It's very important to understand that although Attorneys are sympathetic to the emotional side of Divorce, they are not counselors or therapists. If you are angry, hurt, vindictive or suffer any other of the … Read more about The Emotional Side of Divorce

The Advantages of an Uncontested Divorce

Many people who are very wealthy opt for an amicable or uncontested Divorce.  They do this because they understand that it is very costly to fight in court--and also very public--so they choose to compromise and, in many cases, cut their losses. Examples of uncontested or amicable celebrity … Read more about The Advantages of an Uncontested Divorce

Don’t Marry unless you’re Divorced

It's imperative to be divorced  before one remarries.  Often people will assume that they are divorced and rush to get married!  This is not a wise decision. Here are 3 points to consider: When a Divorce is finalized, you must have proof.  Go to the court and get a copy of the Divorce decree … Read more about Don’t Marry unless you’re Divorced

Buying Real Estate when Separated from Spouse

When married, a spouse is allowed to buy real estate  in his/her name only if the other spouse executes a 'quitclaim deed' wherein title will remain with the purchasing spouse as soul and separate property. In essence, the 'quitclaim deed' is required by the finance company so that the married … Read more about Buying Real Estate when Separated from Spouse

Community Property in a CA Divorce

California is a community property state for Divorce.  This means that community property, i.e. assets that are purchased from the date of marriage to the date of separation, are equally divided between husband and wife.  However, this is not as simple as it sounds. Disputes can arise for a … Read more about Community Property in a CA Divorce

Divorce & Leaving the Communal Home in California

In California, if one spouse, 'the petitioner', files for Divorce, does the other spouse, 'the respondent', have to leave the communal home?  The simple answer is 'NO'.  The 'respondent' has a choice: to voluntarily leave the home to stay in the home to file a restraining order if there is … Read more about Divorce & Leaving the Communal Home in California

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