What are the Steps to a Divorce in Carlsbad and North County

What are the Steps to a Divorce in Carlsbad and North County?

Pierre Domercq Divorce

What are the steps to a divorce in Carlsbad and North County and what should you do to begin your planning and preparation? While every divorce in Carlsbad, Oceanside or Encinitas is unique there is a common process all divorces must follow here in San Diego. The basic process includes the initial filing, financial disclosures by the parties, negotiation and/or …

Handle a Family Business During a Divorce

How Do You Handle a Family Business During a Divorce

Pierre Domercq Divorce

How do you handle a family business during a divorce?  Can you keep the business running while ownership and associated property division issues are resolved? California business owners who get divorced will face crucial issues regarding the viability and division of a family owned company or business.  This is why it is so important to consider a prenuptial agreement to …

Served Divorce Papers from the Superior Court in Vista CA

What are Your Options for Responding to a Divorce Petition?

Pierre Domercq Divorce

What are your options for responding to a divorce petition in Carlsbad or North County San Diego?  What happens if you don’t answer the petition at all? Either party in a California marriage has the right to file a petition for divorce.  You officially become the respondent when the petition and a summons are served.  The first choice you have …

Retirement Divided in Divorce When Only Part of the Years Served

Pay Close Attention to Retirement Accounts in a Divorce

Pierre Domercq Divorce

It is important to pay close attention to retirement accounts in a divorce in North County or Carlsbad.  For many California couples who decide to divorce, their retirement accounts represent the largest single asset of the marriage and are of critical importance to both parties’ financial futures.  This is one reason that over 62 percent of divorce lawyers in a …

Date of Separation Matter in a Carlsbad Divorce

Why Does the Date of Separation Matter in a Carlsbad Divorce?

Pierre Domercq Divorce

Why does the Date Of Separation or DOS matter in a Carlsbad divorce?  California divorce law uses the date of separation as an important “line” when dividing community property.  The central asset and debt issues in a divorce are: When did the parties become a “community” When did the parties cease to be a “community” and become separate parties in …

Community Property Division in a Carlsbad Divorce

Community Property Division in a Carlsbad Divorce isn’t Just Dividing All Assets in Half

Pierre Domercq Divorce

Community property division in a Carlsbad divorce isn’t just dividing all assets in half and giving each former spouse their 50% share.  Here in California, community property is to be divided equally and equitably between the parties.  However, this doesn’t mean you sell every asset, pay off every debt and divide the remaining money equally between the parties.  Part of …

Retirement Accounts in a Divorce Require Special Documents

Retirement Accounts in a Divorce Require Special Documents

Pierre Domercq Retirement Asset Division

Did you know retirement accounts in a divorce require special documents known as Qualified Domestic Relations Orders or QDROs?  Can a DIY divorce truly manage the QDRO process? According to the State of California more than 80% of couples begin the divorce process on their own.  Here in Carlsbad our own Family Law Court reports less than half are able …