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Are bank accounts your spouse shares with their family member community property in a California divorce?

Question: I am getting divorced in Los Angeles. My wife has a joint checking account with her mother. We are divorcing. Is the joint account part of our community property? Answer: Maybe. If your wife can access the money but only the mother contributes to the account it is likely not a part of the… Read More »

The difference between need-based attorney fees and sanction-based attorney fees in California family law courts.

There are two types of attorneys fees and costs awards: one based on need, and one as a sanction. Need based attorney fees/costs are controlled by FC 2030   Sanctions based attorney fees/costs are under FC 271. Need based attorneys fees and costs: California Family Courts are authorized to make an order requiring any party to litigation to… Read More »