Financial issues involved in a divorce, especially high net worth cases, can often become rather complicated.  Unreported income and hidden assets are often alleged in divorce proceedings, usually by the spouse who is either not running a business or has not been in charge of the family finances. It is not uncommon for a spouse…

Many problems arise in the course of a dissolution of marriage from the characterization of gifts from parents and family members. Gifts to you only are not community property, but all property owned by marital partners is presumed to be community property. So if you are about to purchase a house, for example, and your…

Many divorcing couples often face the issues of dividing the home they purchased during their marriage, as the family home is frequently the largest asset of the marriage.  Many parties decide to sell the home and divide the equity of the proceeds due to the economic constraints or the emotional ties associated with the house….

Some divorcing couples may want their divorce resolved as quickly as possible.  In California, the legal minimum time requirement that a dissolution can be entered is six months from the date of service of the Petition to the entered judgment.  However, oftentimes, complex financial matters or other contentious questions make the process much longer.  Fortunately,…

There are jurisdictional issues you must be aware of when filing a divorce in California, especially here in Silicon Valley.  The first thing to know before discussing international jurisdiction, is whether the courts here have personal and subject matter jurisdiction over the issues. When filing for divorce here in Silicon Valley, one of the parties…

Effect of Divorce on Life Insurance Upon divorce, it is important to review the beneficiary designations on existing life insurance policies and make any necessary changes.  This may depend upon the financial obligations between the parties, such as alimony, child support, and other financial issues that may be contained in the divorce settlement agreement or…

International Child Custody Divorce Lawyer Brief statement: Generally, a California court may hear and determine a child custody matter if the party seeking California jurisdiction can establish California as the child’s home state when the proceeding commenced or it was the child’s home state six months before commencement of the proceeding and a parent is…

International Divorce Jurisdiction There are jurisdictional issues you must be aware of when filing a divorce in California, especially here in Silicon Valley.  The first thing to know before discussing international jurisdiction, is whether the courts here have personal and subject matter jurisdiction over the issues. When filing for divorce here in Silicon Valley, one…

Same-Sex Marital Partners face a number of issues, as many countries do not allow or do not recognize Same-Sex Marriage. Those countries who neither permit nor recognize Same Sex Marriage, often do not permit Same-Sex Marital Partners to use their court systems to obtain divorces either. However, the State of California has laws to facilitate…

Can a foreign divorce be recognized in the United States?  Marriage and divorce generally are considered matters reserved to the states rather than to the federal government. There is no treaty in force between the United States and any country that requires the recognition of foreign divorces.  However, a divorce decree issued in a foreign…