Property Division

What Is Property Division?

One of the main issues in a divorce or legal separation is the division of your personal community property. In California, property is divided according to community property law which means that any property acquired by you or your spouse during marriage will be divided equally. Separate property, such as property received by gift, inheritance or a property that was

acquired prior to marriage, is not divided. There are many exceptions that affect the basic equal division rule including characterization of property, excessive debt, student loans, personal injury awards, and when complex issues. Additionally, valuing assets accurately is essential to obtain a fair property division.

Our Approach to Property Division

At GFT, we have the expertise and understanding to handle all property issues, from simple to complex. Our family law attorneys conduct a detailed analysis of the property issues in each case, weighing the financial advantages and disadvantages of different positions, which will serve as the foundation for the strategic approach we develop to meet the goals of our client and obtain the best possible property settlement.

As one of the largest family law firms in Southern California, Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP has the dedication and experience to handle your issues with care. While most family law firms are small, our five-attorney firm has the resources to attend to all of our clients’ needs.

How Property Division is Determined

The division of shared property can be complicated. In addition to assets, there are debts, pensions, and other, non-physical things to divvy up. The first step in equal property division is for both spouses to fill out a Schedule of Assets and Debts, which is required in all divorces and separations.

GFT, LLP offers a comprehensive range of legal services to address our clients’ legal needs. For those who prefer to resolve their matters outside of court, we have attorneys who specialize in non-litigation alternatives, such as divorce mediation and divorce collaborative. For cases that can only be handled in court, our litigation attorneys are highly skilled at negotiating settlements and producing positive trial outcomes, particularly in high-conflict cases.

What Is Property Division?

One of the main issues in a divorce or legal separation is the division of your personal community property. In California, property is divided according to community property law which means that any property acquired by you or your spouse during marriage will be divided equally. Separate property, such as property received by gift, inheritance or a property that was acquired prior to marriage, is not divided.

There are many exceptions that affect the basic equal division rule including characterization of property, excessive debt, student loans, personal injury awards, and when complex issues. Additionally, valuing assets accurately is essential to obtain a fair property division.

Our Approach to Property Division

At GFT, we have the expertise and understanding to handle all property issues, from simple to complex. Our family law attorneys conduct a detailed analysis of the property issues in each case, weighing the financial advantages and disadvantages of different positions, which will serve as the foundation for the strategic approach we develop to meet the goals of our client and obtain the best possible property settlement.

As one of the largest family law firms in Southern California, Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP has the dedication and experience to handle your issues with care. While most family law firms are small, our five-attorney firm has the resources to attend to all of our clients’ needs.

How Property Division is Determined

The division of shared property can be complicated. In addition to assets, there are debts, pensions, and other, non-physical things to divvy up. The first step in equal property division is for both spouses to fill out a Schedule of Assets and Debts, which is required in all divorces and separations.

GFT, LLP offers a comprehensive range of legal services to address our clients’ legal needs. For those who prefer to resolve their matters outside of court, we have attorneys who specialize in non-litigation alternatives, such as divorce mediation and divorce collaborative. For cases that can only be handled in court, our litigation attorneys are highly skilled at negotiating settlements and producing positive trial outcomes, particularly in high-conflict cases.

FAQs About Property Division

Will my assets be split evenly?

All property that was acquired during the marriage will be divided evenly in the state of California. Parties must reach a mutual agreement regarding property that was acquired before marriage.

Am I entitled to my spouse’s pension or benefits?

You are entitled to a percentage of the portion of the benefits that were acquired during the marriage.

What about my spouse’s small business?

You are entitled to a portion of the business that was developed during the marriage. That is community property.

Who gets the house?

If there are minors living in the family residence, then the custodial parent is generally entitled to it. If there are no children living at the property, the house must usually be sold.

Our Family Law & Divorce Attorneys

When you’re going through a tough time, you need a full team on your side. Our five-attorney firm has all of the resources to attend to our clients’ needs.

John J. Gilligan, CFLS

John J. Gilligan, CFLS

John J. Gilligan, CFLS has practiced family law for 39 years and handled over 7500 family law matters. He sits on the Family Law Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar and donates several hours of his time each month to the court system as a mediator and Judge Pro Tem.

 

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Janine M. Frisco

Janine M. Frisco

Ms. Frisco’s first preference is always to mediate spousal, financial and custody issues, she is also a staunch advocate for her client’s and a relentless opponent in a court of law. Ms. Frisco regularly litigates complex trials, acts as a mediator for both parties, and collaborates when the parties pursue collaboration.

 

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Kristin Trutanich

Kristin Trutanich

Kristin Trutanich is a trial attorney with over 13 years of litigation experience. Prior to joining Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, Ms. Trutanich was a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. As a Deputy District Attorney, she tried over 70 jury trials involving domestic violence etc.

 

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Michael Sarris

Michael Sarris

Michael Sarris specializes in California family law with extensive experience in the areas of child support, child custody and visitation, spousal support and community property division. Mr. Sarris founded the Law Offices of Michael Sarris.

 

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Wendy K. Tse

Wendy K. Tse

Family law attorney, Wendy K. Tse, has practiced family law exclusively since 1998. Ms.Tse specializes in and has extensive experience with matters pertaining to California divorce, contested custody disputes, child support, spousal support etc.

 

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Our Family Law & Divorce Attorneys

When you’re going through a tough time, you need a full team on your side. Our five-attorney firm has all of the resources to attend to our clients’ needs.

John J. Gilligan, CFLS

John J. Gilligan, CFLS

John J. Gilligan, CFLS has practiced family law for 39 years and handled over 7500 family law matters. He sits on the Family Law Executive Committee for the Los Angeles County Bar and donates several hours of his time each month to the court system as a mediator and Judge Pro Tem.

 

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Janine M. Frisco

Janine M. Frisco

Ms. Frisco’s first preference is always to mediate spousal, financial and custody issues, she is also a staunch advocate for her client’s and a relentless opponent in a court of law. Ms. Frisco regularly litigates complex trials, acts as a mediator for both parties, and collaborates when the parties pursue collaboration.

 

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Kristin Trutanich

Kristin Trutanich

Kristin Trutanich is a trial attorney with over 13 years of litigation experience. Prior to joining Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, Ms. Trutanich was a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. As a Deputy District Attorney, she tried over 70 jury trials involving domestic violence etc.

 

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Michael Sarris

Michael Sarris

Michael Sarris specializes in California family law with extensive experience in the areas of child support, child custody and visitation, spousal support and community property division. Mr. Sarris founded the Law Offices of Michael Sarris.

 

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Wendy K. Tse

Wendy K. Tse

Family law attorney, Wendy K. Tse, has practiced family law exclusively since 1998. Ms.Tse specializes in and has extensive experience with matters pertaining to California divorce, contested custody disputes, child support, spousal support etc.

 

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100+ YEARS COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE

Our Law Firm’s History

Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, was co-founded by John J. Gilligan, who has been practicing family law in Long Beach since 1981. Janine M. Frisco is also a partner, as is Kristin Trutanich. Together, they are the area’s most comprehensive legal stronghold.

GFT has helped individuals and their families surmount their legal difficulties for the past several decades. We are proud to serve Southern California, and have the dedication and experience required to handle every type of issue.

The Team of Attorneys
You’ve Been Looking For

Our experienced team of professionals will guide you through life’s murkiest waters. At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, we have the resources needed to represent clients in all aspects of family and criminal law.

The Team of Attorneys You’ve Been Looking For

Our experienced team of professionals will guide you through life’s murkiest waters. At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, we have the resources needed to represent clients in all aspects of family and criminal law.

Office
Locations

We have two offices conveniently located in Long Beach & Palos Verdes. We represent clients in courts throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties.

Long Beach Office

One World Trade Center, Suite #1740
Long Beach, CA 90831
Telephone: (562) 431-2000
FAX: (562) 431-2100

Palos Verdes Office

2516 Vía Tejon, Suite 309
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Telephone: (310) 237-9001
FAX: (562) 431-2100