Community Property vs Equitable Distribution states: what is the difference?

Most states in the United States of America are “equitable distribution” states. What that means is that if a married couple gets divorced in most states, the court will look to what is “fair” in dividing up marital property. What is fair is not necessarily going to be a 50/50 split in most states. It is going to come down to, among other things, which spouse was the earner of the assets in questions, which spouse had title to the property in question, how much a spouse contributed to the attainment of the asset/property in question, how the assets were acquired and when and with what, and the ability of a spouse(s) to attain their own assets/property/income after a divorce, and, of course the standard of living while married.
But there are a few states that follow a different rule. They define what is “fair” right out of the gate. And what  is fair is usually that each spouse gets close to 50% of the assets/property/income of the marriage that was attained or acquired during the marriage. Those states, called community property states, are:  Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
Obviously, as far as getting the best bang for your marital buck if a divorce comes about, it looks like you would want to settle down in a community property state rather than an equitable distribution state. And whatever you do, don’t sign a prenup unless you are the monied spouse. In which case, don’t marry without one.