California is a community property state, but that doesn't mean that couples have to abide by a 50-50 split if they don't want to when they divorce. California's courts normally accept any reasonable or fair property division agreement that you and your spouse agree to. However, if you can't agree, you will need to go to court and have the Superior Court do so for you.
There are a few reasons why it's better to divide your property yourself. These include:
- Not having to go to trial, where your assets will be made public
- Not allowing a third party to make decisions for you
- Not wanting to divide property equally but instead equitably