community of property, noun phrase

Law. A marriage contract in which the possessions of the partners are merged in a joint estate, and disposed of by means of a joint will. Cf. antenuptial contract.
[1810 G. Barrington Acct of Voy. 165By law also, a community of all property, both real and personal, is supposed to take place on the marriage of two persons, unless the contrary should be particularly provided against by solemn contract previously made.]
1990 C. Laffeaty Far Forbidden Plains 597Hester and I were married in Community of Property...It means that everything I own belongs jointly to Hester, and if there were a divorce I’d have to split everything down the middle with her.
A marriage contract in which the possessions of the partners are merged in a joint estate, and disposed of by means of a joint will.

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