Characterization of Property

California Divorce Attorney/Characterization of Property

Property in California Divorce Cases
  • Marital or community property
  • Separate or personal property
  • Quasi-community property
  • Jointly owned property
  • Partial community/partial personal property

How property is characterized, identified and valued can have a dramatic impact on a California divorce case. Whether property is marital or personal (or a combination) can determine your rights under the law as well as the amount of your divorce settlement.

The San Diego divorce lawyers and the professional staff at the Law Office of Thomas M. Huguenor focus exclusively on the representation of clients dealing with divorce in Family Law courthouses throughout the San Diego area, including the Madge Bradley Courthouse and the 6th Avenue locations in San Diego; the North County Division on South Melrose in Vista; and the East County Division in El Cajon.

As a veteran Family Law attorney with more than four decades of experience, Thomas M. Huguenor has represented thousands of clients in divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, and other Family Law matters. Attorney Huguenor is a board-certified specialist in Family Law (a distinction earned by less than 1 in 200 California attorneys) and has earned an AV peer-rating through Martindale-Hubbell, the respected agency's top rating for professional excellence, as judged by his fellow attorneys, judges and other peers in the legal community.

California law requires that marital property be split equally during a divorce. An experienced attorney can fight for the inclusion or exclusion of assets as part of a marital property accounting and will work to ensure property is properly identified, classified and valued.

For instance, if you owned a home or business prior to a marriage, it may count as personal property or you may be required to count only a portion of the asset as marital property. Retirement and investment accounts are also frequently the subject of debate when it comes to identifying and classifying assets as personal or marital property.

A proper accounting of liabilities is also a critical factor in characterizing assets, as is determining liability in the event of a future default. For instance, if you relinquish the marital home in a divorce agreement, but your name is still on the loan, you can be held responsible for future default by a former spouse.

At the Law Office of Thomas M. Huguenor, our sole focus is on fighting for the best outcome possible in each case we take the responsibility of representing. By focusing exclusively on the practice of Family Law in the San Diego area, we have the knowledge, experience, legal resources, and access to the accountants, property appraisers and other financial and legal experts necessary to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

As a firm dedicated to representing clients in divorce, custody, support and other Family Law cases, we believe everyone is entitled to the advice of a veteran law firm capable of protecting their best interests and the future quality-of-life and financial well-being of their families.

The Law Office of Thomas M. Huguenor offers free and confidential consultations to anyone facing divorce or other Family Law cases in the San Diego area.

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