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Separate Property

The Law Offices of Matthew Rich deals with issues involving the commingling of separate and community property assets, the transmutation of separate and community property and reimbursement rights for separate property contributions to the acquisition and improvement of community property.


Not all property is community property which must be divided equally between you and your spouse. Under California law, you generally are entitled to the protection of your separate property, which typically includes assets acquired before marriage, by gift or by inheritance, as well as income earned after  separation.  In some circumstances, an asset is partially community property and partially separate property. Attorney Matthew Rich has experience in dealing with the complexities of allocating assets that contain both community and separate property components, such as businesses, pension plans and stock options.

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