Community Property

Community property is the property and debt that a husband and wife acquire during marriage. A married person may also have separate property, which is property and debt occurring before the marriage (or from an inheritance or gift). However, just because a husband or wife acquired property before marriage does not necessarily mean that it won’t be considered community property. A spouse’s separate property can become community property when a deed or written agreement changes its character. Generally, property and debt acquired after the date of separation is not community property,unless a community resource was used to acquire it. Determining whether a piece of property or a particular debt is community or separate property can be complicated in certain situations and requires legal advice.

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