It’s no surprise that when you go through a divorce, there’s a lot of divorce jargon that will get thrown around, used in documents and ultimately end up in an agreement. What does it mean when your soon-to-be ex says they are a victim of inhuman treatment? What happens when they throw around terms about earning capacity and lifestyle after divorce? How do you determine with is community property and what is separate property?
Divorce is complicated in California, especially if you have significant assets, own a business or are faced with a high-conflict custody situation. Understanding divorce jargon can be complicated, even for attorneys. The more you communicate with your attorney about specific divorce jargon, the more information you have at your fingertips to make informed decisions.
During the divorce process, you will be asked a number of questions. You will be asked about everything from your finances (and yes, you must disclose everything), your children, your relationship, your lifestyle and more. The information-gathering process for divorce can be lengthy, but it is ultimately meant to help you and your situation.
Determining the differences between community property and separate property, evaluating a business and creating a child custody arrangement that works are all important factors in your divorce. Your divorce lawyer can help with understanding the legal terms used in your case and explain how California laws affect your divorce.
Bottom line? Divorce lingo is complicated. You’re not expected to know and comprehend all the terms used in your divorce. But, your lawyer is. It’s your lawyer’s job to help you become familiar with California divorce terms and answer your questions. Consider all your options before hiring an attorney for your divorce case.