Is Property Acquired After the Date of Separation Still Community Property?
In California, the legal date of separation occurs when (1) at least one spouse has the subjective intent to end the marriage and (2) there is objective evidence of conduct that reflects that intent.
California is a community property state. This means that under California law, most property acquired by married persons during their marriage while living in California is presumed to be community property. Property that is acquired prior to marriage, or during marriage by gift, bequest, or devise, or as income from property owed prior to marriage is presumed to be separate property of the receiving spouse. After the date of separation, the earnings and assets acquried by one spouse are generally considered that spouse’s separate property.
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