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California Property Distribution

California divorce law includes a "community property" law. Any property that was acquired by either party during the marriage in joint form is presumed to be "community" property, unless it is clearly stated in a deed or written agreement that the property is "separate" property. Unless the spouses agree otherwise, all community will be divided in a California divorce. The Court may, however, if economic circumstances warrant, award any asset to one spouse on conditions that are proper to provide for a substantially equal distribution of property. Property can be divided unequally if one party has deliberately misappropriated community property.

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