Category: Property Division


Separation and Section 70

How do you know when a marriage has ended? Can you quantify it? If we handed you a calendar and asked you to circle an exact date, could you? As we know from our website’s Divorce and Separation page, California is a “no-fault” divorce state. From the moment you’re married, there’s an assumption of community […]

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Why You Should Always Read the Small Print

Did you notice those restraining orders hiding on the back of your divorce paperwork? If not, I don’t blame you—they’re easy to miss. Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders (ATROs) or Standard Family Law Restraining Orders (as they’re now called) are four mutual orders that automatically come into effect when filing for divorce or legal separation. They […]

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The Dreaded Prenup

Premarital agreements have a bad rap. Often, they’re construed as insults to romance–cold, calculated bets against a relationship’s survival. Countless films and T.V. shows uphold this reputation, to name a few: The Good Wife (2009-2016), How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Entourage (2004-2011), Sex and the City (1998-2004), Intolerable […]

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What’s Mine is Mine: Safeguarding Assets in Anticipation of Divorce

Cancel jointly owned credit cards. Inform your spouse that you are cancelling joint credit accounts. If you continue to maintain such accounts, you will most likely be liable for debt incurred by your spouse. You can freeze accounts by telling the credit card company you are going through a divorce. Protect your savings. If you […]

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