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California divorce lawyerIn many cases of divorce in California, it is possible for divorcing spouses to avoid litigation and retain control over decision-making with regard to the division of marital property and establishing of parenting time with children. In some instances, however, it is not possible to reach a fair and mutually agreeable resolution, whether because of anger, resentment, greed, or other conflict-escalating emotions.

In high-asset divorces, particularly, there may disagreements over the division of marital property. In a California divorce, division must abide by the state’s community property law, which determines what constitutes the “marital economic community” in a marriage. If your soon-to-be ex-spouse is arguing for unfair division of marital property, claiming as separate property what is, in fact, the community property of the marriage, turn to an experienced Sunnyvale divorce attorney.

California Is One of Nine Community Property Law States

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California divorce attorneyLove and loyalty are not the only considerations made by couples considering divorce. Beyond issues of emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being, there is the question of wealth. Specifically, how are assets divided when spouses divorce in the state of California?

The answers to this question are complex and bear heavily on related matters of child support, spousal support, and the ownership of real property and personal property. Governing all such inquiries is California’s status as a “community property” state in matters of divorce. An experienced Cupertino divorce attorney will understand precisely how California’s community property laws will apply to the division of assets and liabilities in the event of a marriage’s dissolution.

The Marital Economic Community Is Relevant to a California Divorce

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b2ap3_thumbnail_property-division_20170314-152211_1.jpgCalifornia is one of the many no-fault divorce states, meaning that no grounds for divorce are required to exist other than one party believing the marriage is beyond repair. Fault states are no longer common and the ones that still require grounds for a divorce require the couple to prove that a spouse did something wrong. In these situations, the faulty party suffered during litigation, especially with property division and custody concerns. Which of the divorcing parties is to blame no longer plagues courts in no-fault divorce states.

How does the court divide the community property?

If fault does not exist, how does one side “win” a divorce litigation case? In states such as California, there is no clear “winner” or “loser”. Even if evidence of adultery or abandonment are brought to the attention of the court, legally this evidence is irrelevant to the case and is not typically considered in the division of community property. A judge determines what is “fair and equitable” by considering all of the debts and assets within the community property, the property attained during the tenure of the marriage. What community property assets and debts is the question. The community property and debts are equally divided between the parties.

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California divorce attorney, California mediation lawyerYour marriage is coming to an end. No matter how long it lasted, this portion of your life changed you. You built a life together, no matter the condition of it. Now you are returning to the single life but a little older, maybe some children, and maybe some items. To get there, all the life that you created needs to be systematically divided. For business owners, there is the additional duty to divide up the company. Will you go into your new life with or without a business?

Business Acquisition

There is no “one size fits all” solution to any property division during divorce. What works for one family will not function for another. Each household situation is as unique and different as a thumbprint. However, there are guidelines and stipulations that a judge would follow, should your divorce require litigation. Most of the emphasis is placed on the acquisition of the asset itself. In the case of a business entity, it is more than just who purchased it and at what point in the marriage it was acquired. Consideration is given to:

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Posted on in Mediation

California divorce lawyer, California mediation attorneyWhen a marriage comes to an end, there are a wide variety of emotions experienced. Grief, anger, and anxiety of the unknown are just a few commonly expressed. While the two separating spouses are deciding how to arrange parenting time with the children and how to divide the assets, there may be another stress over the loss of control of the situation. When emotions run high, the “fight or flight” mode initiates and many people choose to run and let a judge do the dirty work. However, mediation is advisable for those seeking control over their situation.

Losing Control

Once you get in front of a judge, consideration is not typically given to the items you want and the arrangements you request. California is a no-fault state and no matter what happened during the marriage, these events will not be considered. The property splits into community property and separate property. The community property is then divided into two halves, regardless of feelings and how you came into possession of the articles. Judges are meant to be impartial and fair.

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