Filing for Partition

Ariana Madix vs. Tom Sandoval – Partition Lawyer Analysis

On Janaury 5, 2024, news broke that reality star Ariana Madix had filed a complaint for partition by sale against long-term (ex) boyfriend Tom Sandoval. The Vanderpump Rules couple owns a Los Angeles house together, but split in 2023 when it was revealed that Tom had been having an affair with their castmate Raquel Leviss. … Read More

Should I Tell My Co-owner That I Am Suing Them for Partition?

Generally, no, it is not best to informally notify your co-owner that you have hired an attorney to file a lawsuit for partition of the co-owned real property. The general reason that co-owners ask if they should inform their co-owners that they are filing for partition is some perceived moral obligation to provide informal notice … Read More

What is the Scope of a Partition Action?

The leading treatise on California real estate law, Miller & Starr, explains that: “All conflicting claims existing between the parties and arising out of their relationship as cotenants can be adjudicated in the partition action.” Miller & Starr, 4 Cal. Real Est. (4th ed.) § 11:18. California Jurisprudence provides that: “In a suit for partition, … Read More

Partition Action Checklist

Partition Action Eligibility Checklist

There are countless reasons that a co-ownership relationship may be coming to end. Perhaps a romantic relationship between co-owners has ended, but both parties are still on title. Maybe siblings have inherited a family home but one wants to stay on the property and the other wants their share of their inheritance. Or maybe years … Read More

Probate Code 9823 – Partition Actions (Personal Representatives)

California Probate Code § 9823 is the California partition statute that addresses the relation between partition actions and probate matters. The statute provides that: (a) If the decedent leaves an undivided interest in any property, an action for partition of the property may be brought against the personal representative. (b) The personal representative may bring … Read More

How Much Equity Do I Need to Have in my Home to File a Partition Action

How Much Equity Do I Need to Have in My Home to File a Partition Action?

Any co-owner of real property in California can file a partition action, regardless of the size of their ownership interest. Put simply, if someone owns a mere 1% of a property, they can file a partition complaint. This is because the right to partition in California is absolute.  One court explained that “if the party … Read More

Partition Action Forms [California Template Sample Example]

Each partition action presents unique challenges. However, all partition actions start with a complaint for partition, sometimes known as a petition to partition property, which is usually a partition by sale. We have provided free online forms for partition actions that should only be used in conjunction with a partition attorney in California. As the … Read More

Code of Civil Procedure 874.225 – Claim in Property of Person Not a Party to Action; Effect of Judgment; Conditions (Partition Actions)

California Code of Civil Procedure 874.225 is the California partition statute that states that someone who is not a party to the partition action is not affected by the judgment so long as certain conditions are satisfied. The statute provides that: Except to the extent provided in Section 1908, the judgment does not affect a claim in … Read More

Am I Entitled to a Partition Action Attorney Lawyer

Can I File a Partition Action?

Am I Entitled to a Partition? California law generally allows any co-owner of a jointly owned property to force the sale of the property through a partition action. Partition actions are so favorable to public policy that the “right to partition is absolute.” [1]Priddel v. Shankie (1945) 69 Cal.App. 2d 319, 325. However, there are … Read More

Venue in a Partition Action

Which Courthouse Should a Partition Action be Filed? Determining venue is one of the most basic requirements in a lawsuit. Venue establishes the county court in which the dispute will be heard. In a partition action, proper venue is generally the county in which at least one parcel of co-owned real property is located. Specifically, … Read More

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