Community Property States

A community property state is a state in which both partners in a marriage are considered joint owners of almost all of the assets and debts that have been acquired by both individuals within the marriage. Community Property law stands in contrast to Common Law, in which each partner in a marriage assumes individual responsibility for their assets and debts. These laws play a crucial role in determining how property is parsed up in the event of death or divorce, and they also affect the individual credit scores of both married spouses. 

A few examples of what type of property becomes shared in a community property state include, but are not limited to, existing real estate, personal property such as vehicles and kitchenware, savings accounts, and income and debts that have been earned after the marriage began. However, there are certain caveats and exceptions for what is officially shared. 

For example, any property or savings which were acquired prior to the marriage do not count as community property. Neither does anything that a married person receives as an inheritance, or through a will or a trust fund. Any gift that’s given to one of the spouses, but not both of them, is also an applicable example of the limitation past which the community property law does not extend.

One other way that the community property law affects a married couple is through their credit. In spite of having to share all earned assets and debts that are acquired after being married, both spouses still maintain a credit score independent of the other. 

Learn more about community property states by exploring the data in the charts.

Community Property Status by State

Alabama - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Previously Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#9 in the US

Alaska - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#10 in the US

Arizona - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#11 in the US

Arkansas - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

17

#4 in the US

California - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

Colorado - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#12 in the US

Connecticut - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#13 in the US

Delaware - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#14 in the US

Florida - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Previously Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#15 in the US

Georgia - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Previously Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#16 in the US

Hawaii - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

15

#45 in the US

Idaho - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#17 in the US

Illinois - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#18 in the US

Indiana - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Previously Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

17

#5 in the US

Iowa - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#19 in the US

Kansas - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#20 in the US

Kentucky - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

18

#1 in the US

Louisiana - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

18

#2 in the US

Maine - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#21 in the US

Maryland - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#22 in the US

Massachusetts - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

14

#47 in the US

Michigan - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#23 in the US

Minnesota - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#24 in the US

Mississippi - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

Missouri - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

15

#46 in the US

Montana - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#25 in the US

Nebraska - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

17

#6 in the US

Nevada - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#26 in the US

New Hampshire - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

14

#48 in the US

New Jersey - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#27 in the US

New Mexico - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#28 in the US

New York - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#29 in the US

North Carolina - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#30 in the US

North Dakota - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#31 in the US

Ohio - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Previously Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#32 in the US

Oklahoma - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#33 in the US

Oregon - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

17

#7 in the US

Pennsylvania - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Previously Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#34 in the US

Rhode Island - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#35 in the US

South Carolina - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#36 in the US

South Dakota - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#37 in the US

Tennessee - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#38 in the US

Texas - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#39 in the US

Utah - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#40 in the US

Vermont - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#41 in the US

Virginia - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#42 in the US

Washington - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

17

#8 in the US

West Virginia - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

18

#3 in the US

Wisconsin - Community Property Status

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COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#43 in the US

Wyoming - Community Property Status

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do_not_disturb_on

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#44 in the US