Quasi-community property

Definition

Property acquired by a married person or couple in a non-community property state that would have been community property if it had been acquired in a community property state, e.g. California. If the married couple subsequently relocates to a community property state and either the couple divorces or one spouse dies, a court in that state may treat the property like community property when determining the property interests of the divorcing or surviving spouse(s).  

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Fern v. United States, 908 F.2d 955 (Fed. Cir. 1990).

See also