First of all, understand that there is no "automatic" right. This has to be asked of from the Court.
What you are describing is called spousal contribution community property
. In certain cases, at the court's discretion, the Court may
agree to credit a spouse for spousal contribution community property.
However, this is not a right, and is at the Judge's discretion. To get this before the Court for consideration, the Court has to be approached about this via motion.
In addition, this is generally limited to when the property is actually a SEPARATE property. For example, A owed HOUSE worth $30 before marriage
. A and B married, and B put in $20 in renovations. HOUSE is worth $50 now. A and B divorce, and A gets HOUSE back worth $50. In that case, B may be credited with $20 for their contribution to increase the value of A's separate property.
Similar doctrine exists for community property, but in a much more restricted format and at the court's discretion.
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