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Why Mutual Domestic Violence Restraining Orders are a Terrible Idea

After a spouse or dating partner applies for a restraining order, s/he may be asked to agree to a mutual order.  This request is usually made in the few moments...

Your Spouse claims that your Separate Property is community Property (and wants half). Who has to prove it?

Your spouse says that the little cabin you acquired during the marriage belongs to both of you, but you insist that it was a gift to you alone or you...

Tracing Commingled Assets. How to Unmix your Separate Property Back Out of the Community Estate.

Mixing cocktails can be a skilled art. Hipster, tattooed bartenders refer to themselves as "mixologists". Our job as Sacramento divorce attorneys is to unmix assets. Happily married couples mix things...

Does Title Determine Who Gets the House In A Divorce?

When an asset was acquired during marriage and title is held in one spouse’s name alone (title to the family residence for example), it is frequently assumed that the titleholder...

How does California define “separate property” in a divorce?

Whether any particular asset is the separate property of a married person entirely involves upon how the property was initially acquired. Separate property can be acquired in any of the...

Getting Divorced in California, but have property in another state? Time to learn about “Quasi-Community” Property.

After a lifetime living in California, I was surprised to discover that most states are not community property states. We only give legal advice on California law, but according to...

Regis Philbin’s Family Law “Rule”.

Regis Philbin passed away recently. Did you know that the “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” host has a special place in California Family Law? How famous do you have...

My Marriage isn’t Valid. What happens to our property?

In 1941, Alfred Hitchcock made "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", a screwball comedy that airs from time to time on TCM or AMC with the beautiful Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery...

How does California define Community Property?

California defines the term “community property” as real property (land and basically everything attached to it) and personal property (almost everything else), located anywhere in the world, that was acquired...

Set for Family Law Trial? How to Avoid it.

What are the alternatives to conducting a Divorce or Custody Trial? For financial issues concerning property, support, or attorney fees, a trial is completely avoided by the development and negotiation...