Property Division Lawyers in Pasadena
Our Family Law Firm Can Protect Your Interests in a Divorce
Throughout a marriage, spouses compile shared property and debts that,
in a divorce, must be divided between them. This is one of the many factors
of a divorce that can cause tension and emotional friction and ultimately
make the process lengthier, costlier, and more difficult.
divorce attorney understands the stress and frustration that comes with dividing assets
and wants to be your advocate to help protect your interests and facilitate
At Goldberg & Gille, our primary divorce lawyer, Christine Gille, is
board certified in
family law, which means that she has proven her expertise in the field. She is particularly
suited to handle complex cases involving different varieties and types
of property, including real estate, stock portfolios, investment earnings,
and more. We can be in your corner throughout every step of the divorce
process to ensure that you are able to reach an agreeable and swift resolution.
Tips for Amicably Dividing Assets
If you want to bypass a
contested divorce and avoid the stress of court interference, you and your spouse can negotiate
mediation. However, it is always recommended to have a competent lawyer on your
side to ensure that your interests are protected.
If dividing assets in an
uncontested divorce, the following measures should be taken:
- Take inventory of all your assets
- Be honest and transparent about your property
- Assign monetary value to each item
- Determine ownership where logical
- Sell certain assets and equally divide the earnings
- Use definitive, neutral methods to divide remaining property
Of course, it is not always easy to remain amicable in such an emotionally
charged time. If you and your spouse are unable to come to an agreement,
your divorce will go to trial where a judge will determine how your property
will be divided based on California law.
Cases with Complex Assets
For complex cases involving a significant amount of assets, this is not ideal.
You know your family's assets better than the court does. With proper representation, you can ensure that your assets are divided
equitably and in a way that reflects your interests.
Assets in a complex property division hearing can include:
- Business assets
- Stocks and investments
- Multiple streams of income
- Undisclosed properties or cash
- Assets whose worth is difficult to measure
In cases involving these kinds of assets, our experienced attorneys can
make sure that our investigation is thorough, ensuring that all property
is accounted for and properly divided.
Community vs. Separate Property
The first step in property division when administered by a court is determining
which assets are considered to be "community property" and which
are considered to be "separate."
Essentially, any property owned by one spouse prior to the marriage or
inherited or received as a gift is considered to be that spouse's own
separate property. All property earned, purchased, or accrued by the couple over the course
of their marriage is
In a contested divorce, community property will generally be divided equally.
However, this does not always necessarily mean that each asset will be
split evenly. For example, one spouse might get the couple's shared
house while the other gets various smaller assets that equal the house's
value. In other scenarios, a couple might choose to sell the house and
divide the earnings equally.
Put More Than 80 Years of Experience on Your Side
At Goldberg & Gille, our team of legal professionals is experienced
and dedicated to helping all of our clients reach favorable resolutions
in their divorce proceedings. Our Pasadena divorce lawyers offer compassionate
and aggressive legal counsel that you can trust. We treat each of our
clients with the individual attention and care that they need and deserve.
We can take the time to get to know you in order to help you make informed
decisions about your divorce.