Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


In 1975, California recognized the equal status of men and women with its equal management and control provisions. By comparison, English law is premised upon a separation of property system, which operates irrespective of marital status. This article compares and contrasts the various rights of spouses to marital property in England and California. Beginning with a brief historical overview, the author proceeds to examine the respective property rights of the spouses from the inception of the marital relationship to its termination. The author concludes by highlighting some of the present strengths and weaknesses of the English and California Systems.