You paid the down payment, your spouse holds title – now what?

You asked: “I used my inheritance to make the down payment on our home during marriage but the house title is only in my spouse’s name. What happens to my down payment in the divorce? I answered: If you and your spouse negotiate the terms of your California divorce, legal separation or dissolution of a […]

How to file for divorce in California and should you?

Ordinarily, the hands-on process of filing for divorce in California is simple. It’s accomplished by preparing and filing a Petition and Summons and if you have children, a Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). And all of the court forms are on the California court’s website for everyone’s use. Where it […]

Deposition dos and don’ts

Depositions can be unnerving, but the truth is that you have significant control over the experience. You hold information your spouse wants and you can determine how and when it’s delivered. Exercise control, but keep these dos and don’ts in mind. Your nerves will thank you. DO: Insist that your lawyer meet with you and […]