There are many complex issues in identifying, valuing and dividing community assets. These range from determining
- whether a valid marriage exists
- which assets either party owned or inherited before marriage or inherited during the marriage
- whether either spouse “wasted” assets, i.e. gambling, supporting a girl/boyfriend, excessive drinking, etc.
- identifying “fault” grounds.
Most property cases are settled today in mediation, however, the parties almost always need assistance with the above steps before attending mediation, and to guide the client in settlement negotiations, and identify any factors and any proof that would support an unequal divorce of community assets. The Law Office of Mary D. McKnight has more than 40 years’ experience in dealing with these issues in settlement, trail, or if necessary on appeal.