community property

noun

Definition of community property 

: property held jointly by husband and wife

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Answer: Inheritances are considered separate property in every state, including community property states. Liz Weston, latimes.com, "What's better, collecting Social Security early or blowing through retirement savings?," 15 Apr. 2018 The city of San Antonio and the San Antonio Housing Authority both announced that their offices, facilities and community properties were to reopen at 10 a.m., while Bexar County offices and courts planned to open at regular times. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s storm over — but ice remains," 16 Jan. 2018 Is this to be considered community property with my husband? Liz Weston, latimes.com, "What's better, collecting Social Security early or blowing through retirement savings?," 15 Apr. 2018 The ruling paved the way for his ex-wife to seek half the team under California’s community property law. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs owners are divorcing; what does that mean for the team?," 12 Feb. 2018 Team Up 2 Clean Up is dedicated to beautifying parks and surrounding community properties. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Students to unveil World Relief Project at The VIC," 13 Apr. 2018 For example, issues related to kids and division of community property require that your spouse mutually agree to the terms in order to file your final judgment. Amy Sohn, New York Times, "Angelina Jolie’s Lawyer Now Offers Quickie Divorces Online," 3 Feb. 2018 Children, for instance, are in part viewed as community property essential to ensure the group's survival. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "'One of Us' examines the tough choices facing those who break away from Hasidic life," 19 Oct. 2017 Jamie said she was entitled to 50 percent under California community property law. SI.com, "Six Years Ago, the Bankrupt Los Angeles Dodgers Were in a Very Different Place," 4 Oct. 2017

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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