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Family Law

Safeguarding Clients’ Separate Property in Divorce

Divorce Lawyers Serving Riverside, Corona, Norco and Surrounding Areas

You and your spouse were once independent of each other. Many people enter marriage with separate property, such as inheritances, retirement savings, or proceeds from the sale of a home. We understand how unjust it feels to find that assets you never intended to give up could be subject to division during your divorce.

At the Law Offices, we have extensive experience handling complex divorces, such as those involving substantial or important separate property, including inheritances, family vacation property, and gifts.

When you ask us whether you will be allowed to keep your separate property, we will reply by asking you what property you believe is rightfully yours alone. With your answer to that in mind, our lawyers will prepare a sound, powerful argument for your position and apply ourselves to protecting your separate assets and achieving your goals in the marital property settlement.

Call us or send us an e-mail to discuss your situation. Our experienced family law attorneys will listen to your unique needs and concerns during a free initial consultation.

Proper Categorization of Marital and Separate Assets

In California, most property and debt owned by married couples is considered community property, and the standards for determining what constitutes separate property are complex.

As an example, if you inherited money before getting married, it could still be considered a part of the marital estate. The chances the court are better, however, that will find it to be separate property if you kept the inheritance completely separate from your mutual finances during the entire course of your marriage.

Our goal is to protect any property you brought with you into the marriage or acquired after separation, such as:

  • Assets excluded from division by marital or prenuptial agreements
    Gifts, such as jewelry, antiques or rare coins
  • Inheritances, whether received before or during the marriage, or after separation
  • Property owned before vows were exchanged, including business assets, proceeds from the sale of real estate, rare collectibles, etc.
  • Property obtained after separation

The attorneys at the Law Offices we are knowledgeable about the requirements, and we are committed to protecting our clients’ rights to this property. In some circumstances, we consult forensic accountants to show the source and treatment of assets during the marriage.

We Keep Fees Reasonable

We provide people with effective representation at reasonable fees. One reason our fees are reasonable is that we do not add phone calls between you and us to your bill. From your initial consultation on, all calls are free.

We’re ready to protect your interests. Call us or send us an e-mail to schedule a free initial consultation.