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Curious behavior when dividing property

Divorce is confusing. If you're going through it right now, you know all too well just how overwhelming the entire thing may be. Likely, not one aspect of your divorce has been easy or without contest. So if you're even more confused by the surprisingly high level of generosity shown by your soon-to-be ex during property division, maybe it's time to take a closer look.

Right now, understandably, the last thing you may want to do is take on another battle, but if your spouse is being overwhelmingly generous with your marital property, it may be the sign that something else is more important. In California, a community property state, all assets and items compiled during a marriage, excluding that which were gifts or inheritance, are joint property. Yes, clothes, furniture, cars, you name it. Half of all the material objects you and your spouse surrounded yourself with during your marriage, are yours. If you're not familiar with divorce law or are doing it alone, you may not be aware that, along with all those material objects, half of all your assets are yours too. And, yes, that means cash, stocks, pensions and other retirement accounts.

If you suspect your soon-to-be ex is mudding the waters of fairness with a bombardment of material items, he or she may have assets worth quite a bit more than they want you to know. Even though financials provided to the family court should pick up on any unfairness, hiding assets during a divorce is not uncommon. Generosity is not a trait often seen during a divorce. If your spouse is being unusually giving, it may be a good idea to talk to a divorce attorney.

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