Any income earned during a marriage is community property in Orange County. This includes income which is contingent upon an event occurring. For instance, if income will not be distributed until after December and the earner must work until January to obtain the income, the income is community property to the extent it was earned during the marriage.
Even if there is a possibility that the earning spouse may not be entitled to the distribution, once the income is paid, it is community property. The key question is whether the spouse earned the income before the date of separation which renders it community property and subject to equal division. If the distribution is not based upon work performed during marriage, then it will be considered separate property.
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