In recent years, California law has seen the addition of a statute relating to fraud in transactions between marital partners. There have also been laws enacted that intensify, or heighten, the fiduciary duty between married people. Previous posts have touched upon the subject of California as a community property state, and how that designation comes […]

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Uncovering hidden assets

by Dinnebier & Demmerle on December 18, 2014

In previous blog posts we have addressed prenups, postnups, and the legally recognized fiduciary duty between spouses in a marriage. For high net worth couples that decide to divorce, the process of reaching a mutually agreed-upon settlement can be complex, even when both partners are on good terms and the effort is collaborative. However, when […]

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When is a $1 Billion divorce settlement not enough?

by Dinnebier & Demmerle on December 3, 2014

Recently Harold Hamm, an oil company executive considered the wealthiest man in Oklahoma, was ordered by an Oklahoma judge to pay his ex-spouse, Sue Ann Hamm, nearly one billion dollars in cash and assets. This divorce settlement ranks among the largest in U.S. history. However, this amount reportedly adds up to only six percent of […]

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