Wise Property Division Can Protect Your Future
Apart from issues related to child custody and child support, few aspects of divorce invite more stress and anxiety than the division of property. Because of the emotional component involved in dividing marital assets, an experienced lawyer can make this aspect of divorce less trying and easier to understand.
As an attorney with more than 30 years of experience, Lisa Murray at Chase, Berenstein and Murray, Counselors at Law, helps couples reach fair divorce settlements through collaborative divorce and mediation.
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The law in California can seem simplistic and rigid. It says, “Except for gifts and inheritances, all property acquired during a marriage is presumed to be community property.”
However, the law allows a spouse to establish that property is, in fact, separate property, or that community property has separate characteristics that require careful division. This can occur in cases where, for example, a spouse uses separate property funds to make improvements to the family home, or invest in a family-owned business.
Our firm routinely works on cases with complex assets, which can include:
- Multiple residences
- Business interests
- Life insurance policies
- Stocks and bonds, including stock options
- Art and valuable collectibles
- Retirement accounts
We work with a network of financial planners, forensic accountants, and other experts. When we pursue a marital settlement agreement through mediation or collaborative law, we do so fully informed of the assets involved.
As you prepare to speak with attorney Lisa Murray, it is important to begin gathering your financial documents. During this time, do not dispose of anything that could be relevant to determining your or your spouse’s financial situation.