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Assembly Bill 16:  An act to add Sections 274, 782.5, and 4324 to the Family Code, relating to civil actions.
Approved by Governor August 3, 1995.  Filed with Secretary of State August 4, 1995

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AB 16, Rainey.  Exemplary damages.
Existing law provides that where a married person is injured by his or her spouse, as specified, the community property may not be used to discharge the
liability of the tortfeasor spouse to the injured spouse or the liability to make contribution to a joint tortfeasor until the separate property of the tortfeasor spouse
is exhausted, as specified. This bill would provide that, in addition to any other remedy authorized by law, when a spouse is convicted of attempting to murder
the other spouse, as specified, the injured spouse shall be entitled to 100% of the community property interest in his or her retirement and pension benefits, and
a prohibition of specified support or insurance benefits from the injured spouse to the other spouse, as specified.  The bill would define injured spouse for these
purposes.  The bill would also authorize a court to award attorney's fees and costs in the form of a sanction i these cases, as specified.

274.  (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if the injured spouse is entitled to a remedy authorized pursuant to Section 4324,the injured spouse shall
be entitled to an award of reasonable attorney's fees and costs as a sanction pursuant to this section. (b) An award of attorney's fees and costs as a sanction
pursuant to this section shall be imposed only after notice to the party against whom the sanction is proposed to be imposed and opportunity for that party to
be heard. (c) An award of attorney's fees and costs as a sanction pursuant to this section is payable only from the property or income of the party against
whom the sanction is imposed, except that the award may be against the sanctioned party's share of the community property.  In order to obtain an award
under this section, the party requesting an award of attorney's fees and costs is not required to demonstrate any financial need for the award.

782.5.  In addition to any other remedy authorized by law, when a spouse is convicted of attempting to murder the other spouse, as punishable pursuant to
subdivision (a) of Section 664 of the Penal Code, the injured spouse shall be entitled to an award to the injured spouse of 100 percent of the community
property interest in the retirement and pension benefits of the injured spouse.

4324.  In addition to any other remedy authorized by law, when a spouse is convicted of attempting to murder the other spouse, as punishable pursuant to
subdivision (a) of Section 664 of the Penal Code, the injured spouse shall be entitled to a prohibition of any temporary or permanent award for spousal support
or medical, life, or other insurance benefits or payments from the injured spouse to the other spouse. As used in this section, "injured spouse" means the
spouse who has been the subject of the attempted murder for which the other spouse was convicted, whether or not actual physical injury occurred.
THE LAW that I sponsored and that passed in 1995 is presented below.  In 2010, it was modified to include the crime of solicitation of murder.  In 2012, it was
modified to add spousal rape to the list of applicable spousal crimes.  To read the current version, click the specific underlined sections  in the first sentence below.
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