Divorce and Property Division in Northern California
Under California's community property law, wealth accumulated during marriage is split evenly. But actually dividing the marital estate is not simple math. Complicating factors such as pensions, the marital home, separate property or ownership of a small business require an experienced attorney to protect your interests.
At Donald R. Anderson, A Law Corporation, you are represented by a divorce attorney with 30-plus years of experience in negotiation and litigation of community property division. Our Redding law firm represents men and women in Shasta County, Tehama County, Siskiyou County, Trinity County and neighboring jurisdictions of Northern California. Contact us today to arrange a consultation.
Experienced Redding Divorce Lawyer
Donald Anderson takes a comprehensive and creative approach to dividing the marital assets. He can knowledgeably address such issues as:
- Separately owned versus community property
- Retirement savings and QDROs
- A closely held business (see below)
- Selling or refinancing the house
- Other real estate
- Cars, valuables, furnishings, pets
- Alimony (spousal maintenance)
- Joint debts and obligations
Mr. Anderson is attuned to the special considerations of business owners, construction contractors, professionals and self-employed spouses. He also represents many public sector employees who also have unique concerns. For public or private workers with many years on the job, pensions, deferred compensation, health insurance, accrued vacation and other benefits become critical in the division of assets. This is especially true in the current housing market when employment benefits and retirement accounts may be the only valuable asset left.
Business Considerations in Divorce
You have put your heart and soul into building a business, but now it is considered community property in your divorce. Our mission is to preserve the integrity of the business while finding a way to compensate the spouse. We work with reputable business valuation specialists who can determine the market value (or counter an unrealistically high valuation by the spouse's expert).
Once we reach agreement on the worth of the business, we can engage in practical trade-offs of retirement assets, other property, marital debt, alimony, buyout payments or ownership share in the company to avoid disrupting or dissolving your business or professional practice.
Shasta County and Northern California Property Division Lawyer
Even in complex divorces, the vast majority of cases are resolved out of court. However, it is imperative that your attorney be ready and willing to litigate if negotiations break down. Donald R. Anderson is a veteran trial lawyer who knows how to barter and when to fight.
We provide an initial telephone consultation at no charge, or Mr. Anderson will personally meet with you one-on-one at our office in Redding. Call us toll free at 888-843-1725
or contact us online.