California law requires equal division of community assets and liabilities. Separate property of each party should be listed and confirmed to that party Which assets will be divided equally and in kind, and which will be allocated solely to one party or the other to produce this equal division should be discussed. Remember to deal with all of the following assets:

  1. Family Residence, with its loans.
  2. Other Real Property, with its loans. This includes time-shares.
  3. Owner-Operated Businesses, including corporations, partnerships and sole proprietorships.
  4. Life Insurance insuring each party’s life, together with cash value.
  5. Employee Benefits, including stock, stock options, pension and profit sharing, retirement, ESOP, stock purchase, accrued sick and vacation pay, paid time off, “comp time.”
  6. Investments – Limited partnerships, joint ventures and other such investments.
  7. Account Balances on deposit in the checking, savings, credit union, brokerage, and other institutional accounts.  This includes IRA’s, CD’s and other such cash accounts.
  8. Stock and Stock Options, Bonds.
  9. Vehicles, with their loans (cars, trucks, airplanes, motorcycles, boats).
  10. Household Furniture, furnishings, equipment and personal effects.
  11. Law Suits proceeds or liabilities.
  12. Money Owed To Others (loans made, lines of credit, second mortgages, and so forth)
  13. Money Owed To You.
  14. Intellectual Property (royalties, patents, computer programs, prizes, and the like, including work in progress at separation).
  15. Frequent Flier Miles accrued during marriage.
  16. Club Memberships or Season Tickets.
  17. Cemetery Plots.
  18. Reimbursements and Credits Owed for payments of marital bills or loans made after separation.

* Adapted from Jordan & Miller, “Settlement Checklist”  Reprinted with permission.