If you and your spouse have acquired a significant amount of real estate during your marriage, your divorce may be a high-asset one and subject to stricter property division guidelines. At Dianne Drew Butler & Associates, Inc., we represent clients in high-asset divorce cases throughout the Central Valley in California. We possess a thorough understanding of California's community property laws, which we use to help clients obtain the fairest possible settlement in their high net worth divorces.
A prenuptial agreement can serve as a great tool for mitigating common divorce issues, such as the division of property and alimony. Unfortunately, in our experience, there are flaws in the vast majority of California premarital agreements. Such flaws often render those agreements invalid. Our legal team at Dianne Drew Butler & Associates, Inc., often reviews prenuptial agreements with clients to ensure the documents are valid.
When you and your spouse choose to dissolve your marriage, a California judge will attempt to divide your shared property as equitably as possible. A 50-50 split between the two of you may seem like the most fair arrangement, but what is fair is not necessarily just. At Dianne Drew Butler & Associates, we have seen cases in which one spouse attempted to deceive the other by hiding assets by retitling or misappropriation. If you are the victimized spouse in a case such as this, the court may decide to award you a larger share of community assets.
Dividing property in California as the result of a legal separation or divorce can be complicated and costly. Understanding how the court systems view debt and community property before the process begins can save time and prevent unpleasant surprises.
When it comes to the division of marital property during divorce, some things are easy. He gets the TV, she gets the antique furniture. But deciding who gets to keep the beloved family pets isn't always so simple.
When an individual begins the difficult process of ending his or her marriage, he or she may not know where to begin. Though many individuals throughout San Joaquin County have endured divorce, it can be a loaded topic that not all friends and family members want to openly discuss. What divorcing parties should know from the very beginning of the process is that they have some options as to how the matter will unfold.
When Stockton couples decide to divorce they may experience some unpleasant byproducts of the legal process. First, they can find themselves at the mercy of the courts and struggling to have their divorce legal matters heard in what they feel is a timely fashion. Second, they may feel frustration over the many unknown outcomes over which they have no control due to the courts' power to adjudicate litigated divorces.
Time has the power to heal some problems but, unfortunately, not all life issues can be resolved by waiting them out. When California couples decide to end their marriages, they often want to bring about the ends of their relationships without any extra delay. For those who choose divorce mediation, there can be a desire to try and address every possible divorce issue during a couple's first mediation session.
In a traditional California divorce, the soon-to-be ex-spouses to the dissolving marriage each come to court with their own attorneys. Those parties appear before a family or divorce court judge who hears their sides of the story and decides how best to separate their financial and emotional lives. Those decisions are generally binding on the parties and each spouse must abide by the terms set forth by the court or face possible sanctions.
Many California couples who go through divorce find themselves focused on the tangible and intangible assets they shared with their spouses during the property division phase of their separations. Some forget that in addition to those assets they must also divide their collective liabilities. They may choose to arrange payment of those obligations however they see fit through the division of marital debts portion of their property division agreement.