Corona Family Law Attorney
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1101 California Ave, Suite 210
Corona, CA 92881

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Separate and Inherited Property

Safeguarding Your Property During Divorce in Corona

You and your spouse were once independent of one another. Many people enter marriage with separate property, such as inheritances, retirement savings, or proceeds from the sale of a home. We understand how unjust it feels to find that assets you never intended to give up could be subject to division during your divorce.

At the Law Offices of John Joseph Buckey, Jr. & Associates, we have extensive experience handling complex divorces, such as those involving substantial assets or important separate property, including inheritances, family vacation property, and gifts.

When you ask us whether you will be allowed to keep your separate property, we will reply by asking you what property you believe is rightfully yours alone. With your answer to that in mind, our lawyers will prepare a sound, powerful argument for your position and apply ourselves to protecting your separate assets and achieving your goals in the marital property settlement.

Proper Categorization of Marital and Separate Assets

In California, most property and debt owned by married couples is considered community property, and the standards for determining what constitutes separate property are complex.

As an example, if you inherited money before getting married, it could still be considered a part of the marital estate depending on how you used the money during the course of the marriage. The chances are better, however, that the court will find it to be separate property if you kept the inheritance completely separate from your mutual finances during the entire course of your marriage.

Our goal is to protect any property you brought with you into the marriage or acquired after separation, such as:

  • Assets excluded from division by marital or prenuptial agreements
  • Gifts such as jewelry, antiques or rare coins
  • Inheritances whether received before or during the marriage, or after separation
  • Property owned before vows were exchanged including business assets, proceeds from the sale of real estate, rare collectibles, etc.
  • Property obtained after separation

The Corona divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of John Joseph Buckey, Jr. & Associates are knowledgeable about how the family law courts in our area view separate and community property, and we are committed to protecting our clients' rights to this property. In some circumstances, we even consult with forensic accountants to show the source and treatment of assets during the marriage. Our goal is to help you safeguard your personal assets so that you enter your life after marriage in the more secure possible position for the future.

Call our divorce law firm today for experienced and trustworthy legal counsel!

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