Family Law

Family Law News Issue 3, 2020, Volume 42, No. 3

What’s Mine Is Mine, What’s Ours Is Ours, and What’s Yours Is Ours: The Extension of Watts Charges to Separate Property

Chandra Moss, CFLS

Chandra L. Moss is a Senior Trial Attorney with Holstrom, Block & Parke, APLC and has practiced law since 1991. In 2005, Ms. Moss was designated as a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She authored several articles on various family law issues and has interviewed with Fox News concerning governmental child support actions. Ms. Moss is also a vocal and instrumental musician (piano, organ, and violin), volunteers as Board President of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and is an award winning published fiction writer. She currently serves as the Inland Empire Standing Committee Chair for the Family Law Executive Committee (FLEXCOM).

In what the Fourth District Court of Appeal deemed "a matter of first impression," it held that Watts charges may be levied against a party for living in his/her separate property where the community has partial interest due to the Moore/Mardsen rule. This was the opinion in In re Marriage of Mohler.1

A Brief Primer on Moore/Marsden

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