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[COLUMN] Reimbursement for community contribution towards a spouse’s education and student loan during marriage —

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ONE of the most important downside of millenials and Gen Z are academic value and student loan debt.  This eats up a giant a part of a households funds even amongst married {couples}.  However, what occurs to all the cash paid towards one spouse’s education and student loans if the marriage fails and results in divorce. Well, California Family Code Section 2641(b)(1) gives that upon divorce  or authorized separation, the community “shall be reimbursed” for its “contributions” to a spouse’s education or coaching that “substantially enhances” the spouse’s incomes capability. Under Family Code Section 2641(a), reimbursable community “contributions” means funds made with community or quasi-community property for a spouse’s education or coaching or for the reimbursement of a loan incurred therefor, irrespective of the place the events resided when the funds have been made.

Family Code § 2641 reimbursement is just not restricted to education or coaching obtained during marriage. Rather, by its phrases, software of the statute is ruled solely by whether or not community funds have been used to pay for the education or coaching. Thus, academic prices and loans paid with community funds are throughout the ambit of § 2641 reimbursement even when the education occurred earlier than marriage. Marriage of Weiner, supra, 105 CA4th at 239-240, 129 CR2d at 291;

In Marriage of Mullonkal & Kodiyamplakkil (2020) 51 CA5th 604, 607-608, 265 CR3d 285, 288, the court docket held that the community is entitled to reimbursement the place partner paid off student loans for education she attained earlier than marriage with funds from her wage earned during marriage. In Mullonkal & Kodiyamplakkil, the trial court docket erroneously held § 2641 didn’t apply as a result of, amongst different issues, the student partner (Wife) repaid her premarital education along with her personal earnings during the marriage, and the nonstudent partner (Husband) did not contribute to Wife’s education/loan repayments and household bills. “[B]ut nothing in [§ 2641] contemplates denying reimbursement to the community where the student spouse pays for her own education or where the nonstudent spouse did not somehow earn an entitlement to an equal share of the community. Indeed, the statute refers to community contributions to education, and makes no reference to the source of the community contribution.” Marriage of Mullonkal & Kodiyamplakkil, supra, 51 CA5th at 615-616, 265 CR3d at 294.  At a minimal, reimbursable community expenditures embody quantities paid for the student spouse’s tuition, charges, books, provides and transportation. Fam.C. § 2641, Law Rev. Comm’n Comment, 23 Cal. L.Rev. Comm’n Reports 1 (1993)  Beyond this, nonetheless, community expenditures are a reimbursable “contribution” provided that immediately associated to the academic expertise. Ordinary dwelling bills that may have been incurred no matter whether or not one partner was attending college akin to lease, meals and clothes, well being care and leisure, are not reimbursable beneath § 2641. Marriage of Watt (1989) 214 CA3d 340, 354, 262 CR 783, 791-792.

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Attorney Kenneth Ursua Reyes is a Certified Family Law Specialist.  He was President of the Philippine American Bar Association.  He is a member of each the Family legislation part and Immigration legislation part of the Los Angeles County Bar Association.  He is a graduate of Southwestern University Law School in Los Angeles and California State University, San Bernardino School of Business Administration.  He has in depth CPA expertise previous to legislation apply. LAW OFFICES OF KENNETH REYES, APLC. is positioned at 3699 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 747, Los Angeles, CA, 90010.  Tel. (213) 388-1611 or e-mail kenneth@kenreyeslaw.com or go to our web site at Kenreyeslaw.com.

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Attorney Kenneth Ursua Reyes is a Certified Family Law Specialist. He was President of the Philippine American Bar Association. He is a member of each the Family legislation part and Immigration legislation part of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He has in depth CPA expertise previous to legislation apply. LAW OFFICES OF KENNETH REYES, P.C. is positioned at 3699 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 747, Los Angeles, CA, 90010. Tel. (213) 388-1611 or e-mail kureyeslaw@gmail.com or go to our web site at Kenreyeslaw.com.