You may have heard that property you bring to a marriage in California, as well as gifts and inheritances received during your marriage, are yours to keep if your marriage ends in divorce. While this is generally true, there are many exceptions.
At the Law Office of Linda D. States in Sacramento, I will take the time to help you identify and protect your separate property if a divorce is in your future. Call 916-696-2425 to arrange an attorney consultation.
What Is Separate Property?
California is a community property state. This means that with a few exceptions, assets accumulated during the time of your marriage, or from community efforts, are divided equally.
Separate property includes the property you owned before your marriage or received as a gift or inheritance during your marriage. However, there are many ways that separate property, or at least a portion of it, can become community property. Here are a few examples:
The surest way to protect your separate property is to have an experienced lawyer craft apremarital agreement that clearly states what community property is and what is separate property.
For Help With Protecting Separate Property
To discuss your separate property concerns with an experienced family law attorney, call me at 916-696-2425, or fill out my online contact form.