An engagement ring often represents a serious financial and emotional investment on the part of a romantic couple. When the relationship falls apart, there can be a lot of anger and angst associated with that ring.
No one can argue that domestic violence is a serious, ongoing problem in California and the rest of the United States. Every day we see and hear about the terrible consequences of these crimes. Broken lives, horrific injuries, traumatized children and even death are just a few of these consequences.
When a couple divorces, California family courts must determine what is community property and what is separate property before proceeding with the property division process. Marital or community property is usually the assets and debts the couple acquired together during the marriage. Separate property is comprised of debts and assets acquired outside of the marriage (before marriage or after separation, etc.).
Imagine you are a child and your parents are divorcing. You know that things are going to be different and maybe a little scary, but you don't know exactly what is going to happen. One day, you are told that you will suddenly be splitting your time between both of your parents in two different households. At this point, your fear and confusion is likely to increase.