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Work-Related Compensation

Learn about characterization rules applicable to work-related compensation, including wages and retirement benefits.


The type of property most frequently acquired by spouses during marriage is financial compensation for labor. Recall that under the community property presumption, property acquired by either spouse during marriage is presumed to be community property. Consequently, as a general rule, compensation for either spouse’s expenditure of effort, time, and skill during marriage is characterized as community property. California statutes and caselaw elaborate on that general rule, providing...