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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.

Our 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 negotiations.

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 agreements through 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 community property.

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.

Call us today to take the first step and schedule your initial consultation.

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Pasadena Family Law Attorney
131 N El Molino Ave, Suite 310A,
Pasadena, CA 91101 (View Map)
Phone: (626) 340-0955
Local: (626) 584-6700

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