community property

A system, derived by several states through adoption or succession from the Spanish, Mexican, or French law, relative to property rights of husband and wife, the essential principle of which is that the earnings of either spouse by his or her toil and the exercise of his or her productive faculties belong, not to the earning or producing spouse as his or her properly, but to the "community," the entity of husband and wife. 15 Am J2d Community Prop §§ 1, 3; property acquired by either spouse during a marriage, otherwise than by gift, devise, legacy, or descent; whatever is gained, during coverture, by the toil, talent, or other productive faculty of either spouse. 15 Am J2d Community Prop § 3. The foregoing definition is not inclusive of all property rights. For example, the right to practice a profession although not acquired by gift, devise, legacy, or descent, is not to be classed as community property. 15 Am J2d Community Prop § 3.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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