Untangling Pre-Marital Jointly Owned Property
– The Family Code 2650 Solution –
How to Apply 2650 and Other Tactical Considerations
Issues arise when an unmarried couple purchase property together in joint form and one person contributes more to the acquisition than the other. The couple then marries. Upon divorce, one spouse wants to be reimbursed for his or her overcontribution. The other spouse argues that the equity should be equally divided because the asset was acquired prior to marriage. This program will pull apart the relevant code sections and explain how to deal with the division of assets acquired prior to marriage, offering some interesting tactical considerations along the way.
Vanessa Wills, CFLS
Vance & Wills, P.C.
Vanessa Wills is the co-founder of Vance & Wills, P.C. with offices in Napa and Marin. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist. Prior to forming Vance & Wills, P.C. in 2020, Vanessa was an associate attorney at Blevans & Blevans, LLP, where she focused on high-net worth and complex family law matters.
Vanessa has been named a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers. She has completed the National Family Law Trial Institute in Houston, the nation’s leading intensive family law trial advocacy program. In 2013, she was distinguished as an Honor Advocate for her outstanding performance at the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Trial Practicum, which is where she met her partner, Emily Vance.