gift

Family Code Section 852 takes the Romance out of Gift-Giving

Whenever I hear of the family law rule ” a gift of substantial value must be made in writing” I always think of a romantic moment when a husband surprises his wife with an expensive tennis bracelet of brilliant diamonds and in that moment Family Code Section 852 requires a subsequent written note expressing his intent to divest all community…

alimony-spousal-support

Transmutation

Transmutation issues arise with the parties residence more than any other asset in a divorce. California Law provides that when you transfer title to your spouse during marriage, you no longer have separate property interest in the residence because you have now “gifted” it to the spouse with what is called a “transmutation.” However, any…