Are you mulling over filing for divorce from your spouse? Divorce is not a one-time event but a process that begins when on or both spouses begin trying to extricate themselves from the marriage.
But the important thing to keep in mind is never to act rashly. Don’t throw the “D” word around in arguments with your spouse. You also don’t want to file the petition for divorce until you have obtained legal advice regarding your rights and responsibilities in the matter.
With California being a community property state where you can walk away with half of the marital assets, knowing which resources to fight for is half the battle. Often, one spouse will fight tooth and nail to hold onto the family home only to find that they are not able to afford the taxes and upkeep to live their over the long haul.
It might be wiser to seek a larger portion of the retirement accounts or even the pricey club membership so that the children can continue to reap the benefits of tennis lessons or use of the club pool. But since every couple’s situation is unique to them, you won’t know which assets will leave you in the best position to begin your new life until you identify all of the marital property.
Maybe you and your spouse come to the mutual decision to end your marriage. Still, both of you need to seek independent counsel to make sure that all of your interests are protected in the eventual settlement. We can help you conclude your marriage and arrange the most lucrative settlement to start life agains as a single person.