California is a community property state. In a community property state, the property is classified as either community property or separate property. Community property is everything that a husband and wife own together from the start of their marriage until the date they separate. Generally, community property includes all income and assets that either spouse acquired during the marriage.
Separate property is anything the husband or wife owns separately, such as property owned before the marriage, gifts or inheritances received during the marriage and maintained as separate property, and post-separation earnings.
Because classification of property and its divisions can be one of the most contentious issues of a divorce you should seek the advice and assistance of an attorney who has experience and training in the area of family law and specifically with the law in relation to California community property.
Lenita Skoretz is a lawyer at Lenita Skoretz in Redlands.