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In a divorce case, whether you are formally married or informally married, the community property of the parties needs to be divided either by agreement or by court order. All property belonging to the parties is presumed to be community property unless it is proven to be one party's separate property. Separate property is usually established by proving that the party owned it before marriage, it was a gift, or it was inherited. Once any separate property is confirmed, the community property is divided between the parties. The Court can divide the property equally or can give one party a disproportionate share. The case for or against a disproportionate share usually revolves around the income/income potential of the parties, the custody arrangement, whether one party has separate property, and how large the community estate is to divide.
Our team is experienced in property cases involving both large and small estates and involving unusual property, such as small or privately-owned businesses in which value is an issue. Kathleen Coble in particular has a business degree and a background in accounting, which makes our team's experience and expertise more diverse than many family law firms.