What Am I Entitled To In A Divorce?

Defending What’s Yours During Divorce Negotiations

Whether your divorce is amicable or not, dividing property and debt can be a contentious undertaking. Working with a skilled attorney can help you defend what’s yours during negotiations so that your financial future is not in doubt as you transition to your next stage in life.

At Simon Law, our legal team has the insight you need to protect your interests during the divorce process and in the future. We are experienced negotiators and litigators who are able to secure fair property agreements for our clients in and outside California’s courthouses. We are equipped to represent you whether your business, retirement portfolio, pension or other complex financial concern is at stake.

Understanding The Difference Between Community Property And Separate Property

In California, spouses are required to equally divide the assets and debt they accumulated over the course of their marriage. These assets, property and financial obligations are known as “community property.”

Possessions, property and debt each spouse owned before the marriage is considered separate property and is exempt from the property agreement. Gifts given to one spouse and inheritances are also excluded.

Not all property division issues fit neatly into these categories. It can be difficult to determine what constitutes community property and separate property if you are not well-versed in California’s divorce laws. This is why it’s critical to speak with an experienced attorney before you agree to terms. We will give you an honest assessment of your case before you begin negotiations or ask the court to intervene.

How We Can Help

When you consult with us, we will examine your financial statements, titles, deeds and other records to determine our negotiating strategy. Our attorneys have secured fair terms for business owners, homemakers, retirees and others whose intricate financial concerns require a deft hand.

We regularly represent individuals facing complicated property division matters related to:

  • Privately held businesses
  • Pensions, retirement accounts, stock options and other compensation packages
  • Automobile collections, antique jewelry, art collections or other high-value assets
  • Real estate investments

As your advocate, we will pursue all options available so that you receive the agreement that you deserve. If necessary, we will work alongside forensic accountants and other subject matter experts to conduct a thorough examination of your finances. Our team has an impressive record of success with tracing assets and obtaining fair market value for business property.

Take The First Step Toward Protecting Your Financial Future Today

Do you need help applying for a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO)? Concerned about the terms of your prenuptial agreement? Talk to a qualified family law attorney to get help with these and other related matters.

You can reach us online or over the phone at (415) 523-7847. Our firm maintains offices in Walnut Creek and San Francisco.