Myth: I earned the money while the other person didn’t work so isn’t everything we bought mine? Or: He earned all the money while I stayed home so everything we have is his, right?

Truth: The answer is no – a resounding no. Even if one spouse is the only one earning an income, that income is community income. So everything purchased during a marriage becomes community  property. Even if one person does not work or makes substantially less than the other, anything purchased or acquired with community income is a community asset.                                                                                                    

Even if you both have separate accounts, anything earned during the marriage is still considered community property.

The exception to this is if there was a prenuptial agreement signed prior to marriage. In this instance, that agreement would control whether property is characterized as separate or community.

Exercise Your Right to a Fair Division of Marital Property

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Fair does not mean equal in property division. If you have your heart set on obtaining certain assets, let me  help you during property division. Call 425-460-0550 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.

Molly B. Kenny
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Divorce and Child Custody Attorney Serving Bellevue and Seattle Washington
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