Under California law, the way assets are divided in divorce is pretty straightforward. Any property that was acquired during marriage is presumed to be community property, and is divided 50/50.
Any property that was either owned prior to marriage or acquired during marriage by a gift from outside the relationship, or from an inheritance, belongs to the person who received the gift or the inheritance.
There are many exceptions to those rules but those are the basic rules. Knowing all of those exceptions and knowing how they affect your specific case is critical. If you have any questions about whether you have a claim on a property that you’ve acquired during marriage, or before or after, you need to call Holstrom, Block, & Parke.
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