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What does quasi-community property mean?

California is a community property state and divides property upon the dissolution of a marriage and the absence of a prenuptial agreement in a manner that allocates 50 percent of the debt and 50 percent of the property to each spouse.

However, in some situations, a married couple acquires property outside of the state, whether it is physically located out of the state or they lived elsewhere when they acquired it, some property may have been obtained in a state that does not recognize community property. In those situations, the property is considered quasi-community property and falls into the division of all other marital property.

Quasi-community property can be tangible property assigned a value and sellable, such as cars, boats, homes, furniture and real estate. It can also be such things as earnings, pensions, stocks and businesses. Basically, anything that would have been part of a community property consideration had it been acquired in California will be considered quasi-community property and should be divisible as such.

Keep in mind that there are provisions in every law, and technicalities can arise that may change the expectations of a divorce property division. While property is divided equally in most cases, debts are also divided equitably, in an effort to make repayment fair. This is why it is likely always a good idea to obtain representation that can safeguard against the unexpected. Your attorney should be able to caution you of any potential contingencies or issues that may arise that could change the outcome of your divorce and subsequent property division and divert your future from your expected financial route.

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