Sometimes, the issue is to prove when the common law marriage started. You need to prove you cohabited, held yourself out as married, and their was agreement amongst the couple they were married.
Simply, separate property is property owned prior to marriage or inherited whereas community property is what is acquired during the marriage regardless of who earns it. Property is presumed to be community property unless it can be traced as separated property.
So if the couple owned $100, they would keep their $50. They have rights to life insurance given to other heirs if community property was used. They can even go after pod or jwos accounts. For more go to www.nickabaza.com