Before granting a divorce, the court must decide how to split up the marital property of a divorcing couple, if the couple cannot agree on how to do it themselves. As a community property state, California divorce law presumes any property acquired during the marriage as belonging equally to both spouses. Therefore, the court split up all marital or community property equally (50-50) between the couple. However, each spouse gets to keep any separate property they owned before marriage.

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