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CALIFORNIA FAMILY CODE
DAMAGES FOR INJURIES TO MARRIED PERSON
Family Code Section 781
(a) Money or other property received or to be received by a married person
in satisfaction of a judgment for damages for personal injuries, or pursuant
to an agreement for the settlement or compromise of a claim for those
damages, is the separate property of the injured person if the cause of
action for the damages arose as follows:
(1) After the entry of a judgment of dissolution of a marriage or legal
separation of the parties.
(2) While either spouse, if he or she is the injured person, is living
separate from the other spouse.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), if the spouse of the injured person
has paid expenses by reason of the personal injuries from separate property
or from the community property, the spouse is entitled to reimbursement
of the separate property or the community property for those expenses
from the separate property received by the injured person under subdivision (a).
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), if one spouse has a cause of action
against the other spouse which arose during the marriage of the parties,
money or property paid or to be paid by or on behalf of a party to the
party's spouse of that marriage in satisfaction of a judgment for
damages for personal injuries to that spouse, or pursuant to an agreement
for the settlement or compromise of a claim for the damages, is the separate
property of the injured spouse.