community property

noun

Definition of community property

: property held jointly by a married couple

Examples of community property in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In most of them, including Arizona, the community-property principle extends to debt: creditors can seize the community property of both spouses, or even garnish their wages, to collect on the debts of one. Michael Waters, The New Yorker, 12 July 2022 The same holds true for community and quasi-community property. Charmaine Patterson, PEOPLE.com, 1 July 2022 But community property standards complicate things. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Apr. 2022 In Alaska, spouses have the option to make their assets community property. Aviva Pinto, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Property held in joint tenancy, tenancy by the entirety, or community property with right of survivorship will automatically pass to the other owner at death. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 15 Aug. 2021 When the will is silent, then it is interpreted as disposing of all the community property – including the surviving spouse’s share – and that means the surviving spouse is forced to make an election. Dallas News, 8 Aug. 2021 Property held in joint tenancy, tenancy by the entirety, or community property with right of survivorship will automatically pass to the other owner at death. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 15 Aug. 2021 After a divorce decree, Ms. Holliday’s divorce attorney filed a motion for a new trial trying to get her the $74,864 she was shorted in the community property. Robert W. Wood, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of community property

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of community property was in 1848

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25 Jul 2022

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“Community property.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community%20property. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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community property

Legal Definition of community property

— see property

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