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Shea v. Shea

111 Cal. App. 3d 713, 169 Cal. Rptr. 490 (1980)

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Shea v. Shea

California Court of Appeal

111 Cal. App. 3d 713, 169 Cal. Rptr. 490 (1980)

Facts

Thomas Shea served in the U.S. Navy for four years, after which he received monthly veteran’s benefits. The benefits were part of a program for the education of veterans, though the funds were not required to be spent entirely on education. Thomas used his benefits to make mortgage payments on a house that he purchased. After Thomas’s Navy service, he married Sandra. Thomas and Sandra later sought to divorce. The trial court found that the veteran’s benefits were community (i.e., marital) property, which in turn affected the calculation of the community interest in Thomas’s home. Thomas appealed. The California Court of Appeal granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Brown, J.)

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