The law of property division in California can be complex. Generally, at divorce, the spouses’ assets will be divided into those that are “community property” and those that are “separate property.” Community property will be divided equally between the spouses. Each spouse keeps his or her own separate property.
In general, separate property is any property acquired by one spouse prior to the marriage, or any property acquired by one spouse during the marriage if it was by acquired by gift, bequest, or inheritance. Community property is all other property acquired by either spouse during the marriage. Classifying property as either community or separate property can be a complicated and highly disputed process, often requiring extensive document review and the application of intricate legal analysis. Mr. Leff handles property settlements and litigation in a range of matters, including cases involving complex assets, such as retirement plans and high net worth situations.