Unlike most states, California's marital property laws are based on the legal theory of "community property." In general, this means that everything a married couple owns must be split 50/50 if they divorce. It doesn't matter how long they were married or how much money each spouse made.
Only property that was owned prior to the marriage or received as a gift or inheritance during the marriage, and separately maintained, is considered individual property. Everything else is community property.
At Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP, we have more than 130 years of combined experience. We are certified family law specialists who understand the unique challenges faced by executives, business owners, and other financially successful people who are going through a divorce.
Over the years, we have helped doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs protect their assets in court. We have also represented the spouses of successful high-asset individuals. Whatever your situation, we are dedicated to working toward the results you want.
By maintaining an exclusive focus on family law, we have familiarized themselves with all aspects of California marital property law. If you own a business, stock portfolio, or other complex, high-value asset, Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP, can help you navigate the financial challenges of divorce.
Dial (949) 565-4158 to schedule a free consultation with a Newport Beach divorce attorney.