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How is Debt Divided in Divorce?

California is a community property state, which means that assets acquired, and debts incurred by either spouse during the marriage belong equally to both spouses. Unless, of course, the spouses entered into their own agreement as to property division and the division of debts – a pre-marital or post-nuptial agreement. If no pre-marital or post-nuptial agreement […]

Divorce vs. Annulment

A marriage/domestic partnership can be legally terminated by either divorce or annulment.  There are significant differences between a divorce and annulment.   In thinking about the basis upon which a couple may obtain a divorce or an annulment, the first question is: what type of relationship must two people be in to either get divorced […]

Should I Hire a Business Lawyer?

The body of law that surrounds and intersects with businesses in the United States is vast. Like private citizens, businesses can be subject to both criminal and civil law. Businesses must utilize attorneys to complete certain transactions. Businesses are also more prone to violations, whether those violations are of a criminal or civil nature. This […]

How Are Assets and Debt Divided in Divorce?

Before marital property is divided as part of a divorce, in the absence of a prenuptial agreement, the assets must be classified as either community property, which belongs to both spouses, or the separate property of one spouse. With some important exceptions, all property acquired after marriage and before separation, other than property acquired by […]

How Long Does a Civil Lawsuit Take?

How long does a civil lawsuit take? One common question among parties to a civil lawsuit, whether a plaintiff or defendant, is how long will it take to reach a resolution?  The answer is tricky. The time it takes to resolve a civil lawsuit is highly dependent on various factors including the complexity of the […]

What is a Civil Dispute?

What is a Civil Lawsuit? Broadly speaking, all lawsuits can be put into one of two categories: criminal or civil.  Criminal cases are brought by the government against a private person and/or organization for committing an act that is considered harmful to society as a whole; whereas civil cases involve private disputes between individuals and/or […]