Many people already own property (or have assets in some form) when they decide to marry. Most couples amass a variety of assets during a marriage. And if a marriage breaks down, it is no secret that California family law has standards used to aid in determining how marital property can be divided.
When news breaks of a celebrity divorce, the public conversation generally may first turn to the issue of property division. Many stories hit the Internet speculating on how the marital assets may ultimately be divided. Often, questions of whether or not a prenuptial agreement exists may arise in a celebrity divorce.
Same-sex marriage has been a hot-button issue for some time. The United States Supreme Court is expected to release rulings in the California Proposition 8 and federal Defense of Marriage Act cases this month. But, same-sex marriages may also end in divorce.
When a couple with children decides to divorce, the issues of child custody and child support are regularly issues that must be resolved in the divorce. It is important to understand that commentators say that the two issues are better considered as separate issues.