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Creation of the Marital Economic Community

Learn how a couple enters a valid marriage that gives rise to a marital economic community.


The California Family Code contains numerous community property rules. Those rules come into effect when spouses legally marry, at which point the spouses are considered an economic community. That economic community continues until the marriage’s dissolution or the death of a spouse. Because the community property rules apply only if a valid marriage exists, a threshold question is whether there’s a valid marriage.

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