Splitting up community property doesn’t mean sawing it in half

By |2022-04-07T20:11:20+00:0025 Jun 2015|Categories: Divorce|

Splitting up community property doesn’t mean sawing it in half

Unlike most of the U.S., California is a community property state. That means that, in a divorce, all community property, also known as marital property, typically gets divided evenly between the spouses. Separate property goes to the spouse who owns it.

This differs somewhat from the rule in most states, which is known as equitable distribution. In equitable distribution states, courts determine a fair way to divide the martial property.

Both ways of dividing property do not typically involve literally splitting real estate and other physical objects in half, of course. But one man in Germany seems to have used the idea of splitting up the stuff as a metaphorical way to “get back” at his former wife.

A YouTube video posted by the man shows him cutting furniture, phones, and other objects in half. The video is titled “Thank you for 12 ‘beautiful years’ Laura!”, and refers to his “successor,” apparently his ex’s new partner. Photos of the man’s work can be seen in this article by CNBC. It includes half of a cellphone, sofa, bed — even a car.

The halves depicted are up for sale on eBay, though the man will not ship the items to the U.S.

It seems this divorce was particularly bitter. Hopefully, none of our readers will feel the need to destroy property if they ever get divorced. With the help of an experienced family law attorney, a person going through divorce will be able to get their fair share of the marital assets.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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