Property division is often the most complicated part of any divorce. Even if you and your spouse have an amicable split, you still may not understand how to go about dividing your marital assets. You will need a trusted divorce attorney to help you navigate the rules and look out for your best interest.
I am family law attorney Paula J. Goforth, and I have over 20 years of experience guiding clients through the difficult maze of marital property division during divorce. I also help unmarried couples who are splitting up and need help dividing their combined assets in a Marvin Action. If you are looking for a caring lawyer who will take the time to explain your options, come to Goforth Family Law & Mediation. I am certified by the California State Board of Legal Specialization as a legal specialist in the area of family law.
As you can see from the example above, property division can become complicated quickly. Other examples of complex property division issues include:
You should both understand the proper approach for dividing these assets before you enter negotiations. That way, you are more likely to come to a mutual understanding of the best method for division in your situation. If you have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, I can explain how it will affect the process.
If you have children, you will have to address the issue of child support. The court will not approve a dissolution agreement that fails to provide for a child’s financial needs. California’s support guidelines will give you a good idea of what the court expects from both parents. I will review these guidelines with you to make sure your agreement will meet the court’s expectations regarding both financial support and your custody and visitation agreement.
In certain cases, alimony, also known as spousal support, could be relevant. Judges look at many factors when deciding whether to grant alimony. I can help you determine whether your case is a likely candidate for either temporary or long-term spousal support.