Everyone has heard the term date of separation (DOS) and knows that any property acquired or income earned after the DOS is the separate property of the party. What many don’t know is how the court determines the DOS if there is a dispute. How does one prove the complete and final breakdown of the marriage?
The court will look at any number of factors to determine the final DOS. Here are some that are listed in the California CEB, taken from Dissolution Strategies: From Intake to Judgment (CAL CEB 2009) §2.17-1