While it is possible for the division of property after divorce to be fairly straightforward, there are some factors that may add to the complexity of dividing up the assets and debts that were acquired during a marriage. Among other disputes, parties may disagree on the value of property, or the characterization of property or debts.
Any property or funds acquired prior to a marriage is usually considered separate property, including gifts or inheritance. However, some separate property may become community property over time. The longer the duration of a marriage, the more separate property tends to become mixed with community property. For example, if a gift is used to fund your spouse’s education, or used to purchase or revamp shared real estate, it is then considered marital/community property.
When navigating these complicated and often tense disagreements, our lawyers will provide you with valuable insight into how property is defined under the law, compose a customized approach to address your goals for property division, and fight to make sure the matter is decided in your favor. Whether that means securing the best possible settlement outside of court, or taking your case to trial to make sure your interests in the matter are fairly decided, we want to ensure that your unique case is handled efficiently and thoroughly.