California is a community property state. Therefore, all property acquired by spouses during marriage is presumptively community property. Property acquired prior to marriage, after separation, or through inheritance is generally separate property. The same is typically true for debts incurred by one or both spouses. There are many nuances and intricacies to California community property law that may have a bearing on the division of property in your dissolution case. The court, upon request by a spouse, will make orders about how community property will be divided. Property orders incorporated into a judgment of dissolution of marriage are generally final. Therefore, it is important that you be fully advised of your rights prior to having your assets and debts divided by the court.