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Community Property Law

California Community Property Law

Second only to child custody issues, the most critical component of a divorce proceeding is the division of property among spouses. Depending on the length of the marriage and the amount of assets that have been accumulated, the splitting of material and financial belongings can be a complex and sometimes bitter ordeal. We here at the Law Office of Dennis M. Schuster are here to help steer you through the process and to ensure that you receive a fair and equitable arrangement.

In a standard divorce, all property acquired during the duration of the marriage is ordinarily split equally between the spouses. However, there are many factors that can impact distribution amounts, including:

  • Whether an asset was given as a gift to one of the spouses

  • Whether part of a pension or other investment was earned prior to the marriage of the spouses

  • Whether a business was owned in whole or in part prior to the marriage

  • Whether a down payment on a house came from the earnings of either spouse prior to marriage

The law can become complicated as to what assets (and debts) should be equally divided. At the Law Office of Dennis M. Schuster, we are committed to obtaining all the property and assets you deserve.