California divides property using the community property model. This means that marital property is generally divided equally between the spouses with each spouse keeping his or her separate property. Marital property is anything acquired during the marriage, and can include assets, bank accounts, investments, and other assets or properties accumulated in a marriage.
Property division is often one of the most challenging topics in a divorce, as couples tend to disagree on what is considered marital and separate property. In cases where couples are dealing with significant assets and properties, it is important to consult an attorney.
Alimony or spousal support is determined by many factors, such as the length of the marriage, contributions a spouse made towards the education or professional development of the other, each spouse's physical and financial condition, and other factors.
Alimony can be temporary or permanent.
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