Community property: a legal reseach guide
September 26, 2016
Did you know that Texas is one of nine states that is a community property jurisdiction? In general, this means that any property acquired by a couple during their marriage (with a few exceptions) is equally owned by both spouses.
Our reference librarians have created many legal research guides for specific areas of the law. Our guide on community property includes links to Texas laws dealing with this topic as well as resources written in “plain English.” We highlight useful e-books, articles, and other digital resources that you can view from home (some of which require a library account) such as:
- Community Property Fact Sheet [PDF] — Created by Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, this goes over the differences between separate/community property, and how the courts may divide property during divorce proceedings.
- Texas Family Law Practice and Procedure [e-book] — This multivolume set of e-books has instructions and drafting guides to assist with division of property during divorce proceedings.
- Marital Property Liabilities: Dispelling the Myth of Community Debt [PDF] — This article, published in the Texas Bar Journal, gives an in-depth look into the idea of community debt.
If you have a question or would like more information about any of our legal research guides, please feel free to contact us.