The Complexities Of Dividing Marital Property

The manner in which property is divided and marital debts are allocated in a divorce can have a significant impact on your financial security. If you are going through a divorce, it is important that you have an experienced family law attorney who is committed to the protection of your rights.

You can find the quality legal representation you need at the Law Offices of James V. Sansone in Santa Rosa, California. We work diligently to seek a favorable resolution of all property division issues and other financial issues that may arise in the course of a divorce, including:

  • Characterization of marital assets
  • Division of community property
  • Division of retirement accounts (401(k), IRA, pension plans and other accounts)
  • QDRO's
  • Allocation of marital debt
  • Spousal support
  • Child support

Division Of Property In A California Divorce

California is a community property state. All property and debt acquired during marriage is presumed to be part of the marital estate and is to be divided equally at the time of divorce or legal separation. However, there are exceptions to this principle.

Property that is inherited, received as a gift or that can be traced to property owned prior to the date of marriage or after the date of separation is separate property. In addition, the characterization of property may be affected by a prenuptial agreement or other signed agreements during the marriage.

While community property law allows for an exactly equal division of community property, at times it is difficult or even impossible to divide a particular asset, such as a house. We will assist you in determining the character of your property and present you with a variety of options that take into account these indivisible assets, while still providing an equitable distribution of property.

Vigorous Representation

Our founding attorney, James V. Sansone, is a skilled negotiator and trial lawyer who will vigorously protect your rights. He takes time to listen to clients, understand their legal objectives and tailor a legal plan designed to pursue those objectives.

As an experienced family law attorney, he understands the long-term impact that a divorce can have on parents and their children. He works to find amicable resolutions to disputed matters when possible. When disputes may not be resolved by negotiation or mediation, we are thoroughly prepared to advocate zealously on behalf of clients' rights and interests at trial.

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We are committed to providing quality legal representation at reasonable rates. To schedule a consultation a lawyer contact the Law Offices of James V. Sansone at 707-623-1875.