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San Fernando Valley Division of Property Attorneys

Achieving a Fair Distribution of Assets & Properties

The division of assets in the context of divorce is an ever-changing body of law. If you are going through a divorce, it is crucial to have on your side a divorce attorney who is committed to staying abreast of any and all changes in California's community property law.

The San Fernando Valley property division lawyers of Joel S. Seidel & Associates are highly experienced in these matters. We have the legal knowledge and professional resources to account for and valuate a wide variety of marital assets for the purpose of division at divorce.

We can begin with your case as soon as you schedule an initial case evaluation at (818) 435-3773!

Community Property in California

In California, any property including real or personal, except otherwise provided by statute, acquired by a married person during the marriage is considered community property. There are exceptions, of course, such as property acquired before the marriage, and "rents, issues, and profits" from such property, and inherited assets acquired by either spouse, to name just a few. A premarital or post marital agreement may also specify that certain items of property should not be divided.

When Matters Become Complicated

Property division tends to become particularly complicated when community or separate property includes complex assets such as a business or other investments. In addition, when a spouse's personal hard work has increased the value of his or her separate property business, it is essential to quantify the contributions of the separate capital and community effort to the increase because the community is entitled to the increase in profits attributable to the community endeavor.

Our San Fernando Valley division of property lawyers can help with the appropriate characterization and valuation of a variety of kinds of assets, including:

  • Real estate holdings
  • Pensions and retirement plans such as 401(k)s and IRAs
  • Stocks, stock options, and other securities
  • Business assets and their increase in value
  • Inheritances

To protect our clients' interests, we have built a network of highly skilled professionals who assist in uncovering, valuating, and, where appropriate, dividing marital assets equally between the spouses. Our network of experts includes forensic accountants, real estate appraisers, certified public accountants, economists, vocational experts, and investment analysts.

Property Division & Support Determinations

The division of assets is often an important consideration for other aspects of family law proceedings. Specifically, the division and distribution of community property may also be a factor in the determination of spousal as well as attorney fees.

At Joel S. Seidel & Associates, we have represented parties in cases involving a wide variety of property division circumstances, and we have extensive experience in handling situations ranging from the routine to the more complicated scenarios involving substantial assets.

California Division of Debts

The division of debts incurred during the marriage is a potentially complex process with a significant body of law associated with it. Dividing marital debt is also an area that often evokes anxiety and numerous questions over who will have to pay such debts and whether the community estate will be liable for debts incurred during the marriage.

For many people, the division of debts is simple and straightforward. For others, it is far more complicated, particularly if there are allegations that a debt was not incurred for the benefit of the community or that the debt is the result of wrongdoing by one of the spouses. Family law is complicated, and the appropriate division of marital debts is no exception to this rule.

Contact Joel S. Seidel & Associates

Our San Fernando Valley family law attorneys are experienced and can help you through this complex legal process. We are your strong advocate from start to finish. Entrust your case to us, and we will work tirelessly to protect your rights and best interests.

To speak with an attorney about your marital property concerns, contact our firm online or call us at (818) 435-3773. Our office locations are in Century City and Northridge.

The Premier Family Attorneys in Northridge

Led by a Certified Expert in Family Law & Divorce Matters
  • Certified Family Law Specialist

    The State Bar of California has named Attorney Joel Seidel a Certified Family Law Specialist, making him one of the few experts on the subject in all of California.

  • Customized Legal Strategies

    With decades of experience, our team is committed to crafting the ideal solution for your family situation. By listening to your needs and accounting for your goals, we make sure your case ends as happily as possible.

  • Team-Based Approach

    Our firm will collaborate on your case as a team. While you'll have a primary contact, all of our Los Angeles family law attorneys will be hard at work ensuring every detail of your case is handled well.

  • Ethical & Honest Representation

    We don't take claims unless we believe they have merit. In other words, we don't take your case just to bill you; we take your case because we have a chance to create a better situation for you.