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Williams v. Williams

Court of Appeals of California
92 Cal. Rptr. 385 (1971)


Facts

Mrs. Williams (plaintiff) and Mr. Williams (defendant) were at the end of their marriage when Mr. Williams first withdrew $39,251.50 from the couple’s savings account and then dissolved a stock account owned by the couple valued at $73,237.76. Mr. Williams somehow spent or disposed of the entire $110,489.26. The trial court was only able to trace $22,126.00 of the funds. It was unclear what amount, if any, of the funds were spent on community property or community expenses. The trial court did not make any awards to Mrs. Williams of the value of the $110,489.26 that Mr. Williams had withdrawn from the community accounts. Mrs. Williams appealed the trial court’s failure to award her one-half of the value of the $110,489.26 withdrawn from community-property accounts by Mr. Williams immediately before the divorce.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Gustafson, J.)

Concurrence (Thompson, J.)

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