community property

noun

Definition of community property

: property held jointly by a married couple

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Colonists paid an initiation fee, a membership fee and monthly dues and in return would get five acres and a house and the use of community property, such as horses, wagons and agricultural machinery. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Olivenhain: Upscale community prizes its rural atmosphere," 27 June 2019 The Bezoses are married in Washington, a community property state, and experts say his entire fortune—as much as $140 billion—could be split right down the middle. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Billion Dollar Divorces: What Happens When the Super Wealthy Risk Everything for Love on the Down-Low," 10 Apr. 2019 San Antonio Housing Authority offices and community properties will be closed. Jennifer Hiller, San Antonio Express-News, "Businesses shut down for icy weather," 16 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of community property

1848, in the meaning defined above

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community property

Legal Definition of community property

see property

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