Tracing of Separate Property Funds
Tracing of Separate Funds at Divorce in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
Commingling is the mixing of community funds with separate funds, most often by the deposit of separate funds to a bank account in which community funds are already on deposit. Sometimes, separate funds are used to purchase a community asset, such as a house purchased during marriage and put in both spouses’ names.
Whether these separate funds will be recognized at divorce depends on the availability of relevant financial records and the application of California’s rules for tracing and reimbursement of separate property.
The tracing of separate property funds often requires detailed analysis of financial records and collaboration with the client to reconstruct a transaction, or series of transactions, many years ago. I am an accessible and experienced attorney with more than 18 years of experience resolving these issues.