We are proud to announce that our very own, Eli V. Hammond, a Certified
Family Law Specialist, is being featured as a divorce expert on a new
hit TV show,
The Second Wives Club, on E! On the show, Attorney Hammond explains the general principles of
divorce laws, such as the state’s no-fault divorce approach, and
property division under California’s community property laws.
E! filmed Attorney Hammond at our office in Century City, California, where
he gave expert divorce advice for viewers. Attorney Hammond’s discussion
is being featured in Episode 8 of
The Second Wives Club; the title of the episode is “Game Over.”
California is among of handful of states that is a “community property
state.” Generally, all property acquired during the course of a
marriage is joint. Meaning, one half of the marital or community property
belongs to each spouse in the event of divorce. Typically, community property
is split equally in California divorce cases.
Also, California was the first state to become a “no-fault divorce”
state. The term “no-fault” refers to a specific type of divorce.
With a California no-fault divorce, there is no requirement to prove that
one of the parties committed any wrongdoing in order to obtain a divorce.
Instead of citing a fault, such as adultery, abandonment, or cruel and
inhumane treatment, all a party cites is “irreconcilable differences”
in his or her divorce petition.
As of this writing, 17 states and the District of Columbia only allow a
petitioner to file for divorce on no-fault grounds; they do not offer
the option of filing on “fault-based grounds.” These states
include: California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana,
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon,
Washington, and Wisconsin.
Prior to no-fault divorce laws being passed in the above states, if a spouse
wanted to file for divorce, he or she would have to do so on other grounds
mentioned earlier, such as adultery, abandonment, or cruelty. The above
states passed no-fault divorce laws to curb animosity and to streamline
the divorce process, thereby reducing the financial burden upon the states,
as well as the spouses themselves.
To learn more about the show on E!,
click here. Attorney Eli Hammond’s profile can be viewed
contact us directly if you’re looking for a Los Angeles divorce attorney!