Family Law/Community Property

Tutored Law School Elective

Within the context of a marriage, California is a community property State. Only a minority of the 50 States are community property States. Community property involves co-ownership of property by husband and the wife in a form somewhat like a partnership. You will learn that in a community property state, wife is co-owner by law of one half of husband’s earnings accrued during marriage and cohabitation, just as husband owns one half of wife’s earnings. In addition, the wife has equal management power over husband’s community earnings in most (but not all) situations as does husband over wife’s earnings. Usually, if husband’s earnings are subject to equal management, they can be reached by wife’s creditors. Upon judicial dissolution of the marriage (commonly known as divorce), husband and wife each becomes owner of one half of the community property in value. When a married person dies, he or she can bequeath a one-half interest in the community property.

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William Hansult, J.D.
William Hansult, J.D.

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