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In California, couples need to mark the date of their separation. The date is necessary to determine property and spousal support rights and interests.  Property acquired after the date of separation is deemed to be separate to each party; property acquired before the date of separation is community property. The difficulty is, many couples do…

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Two legal methods dissolve a marriage: divorce and annulment. An annulment differs from a divorce in that when a couple annuls a marriage, the marriage never happened. Grounds for an annulment vary by jurisdiction, but they may include: concealment, fraud, inability (or refusal) to engage in sexual relations or serious misunderstanding. In California, a marriage…

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Prenuptial agreements, also known as premarital agreements, are excellent ways to settle property issues in the instance that a marriage falls apart. The mess of deciding who is entitled to what becomes easier, as it’s already been decided before the two partners decided to end their marriage. Both parties can otherwise be fighting for their…

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