While the house is community property, each of you may be entitled to a FC2640 reimbursement of your separate property contributions to the acquisition price. This would be a dollar-for-dollar, interest-free reimbursement, from the top, before splitting the remainder of the proceeds.
In your case, you contributed money prior to marriage which is presumptively your separate property contribution. This money was paid, however, to the purchase of the original house. Therefore, you will, as Mr. Benton indicated, need to trace this contribution through to the present house.
Your wife's contribution, on the other hand, sounds like it was accumulated during the marriage, making it a community property contribution that is not subject to reimbursement.
So the quick and dirty take that I see, assuming your facts are true and can be corroborated by a good tracing, would be that you get the first $ X from the proceeds, and then you split the remainder with your wife.
I recommend that you work and an experienced family law attorney to make sure that you are able to prove your case in court, should that become necessary.
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Accord with counsel but recommend ADR and use of a CDFA
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Since, you are the spouse who is claiming separate property interest, it is your burden of proof to trace the $250k to separate funds. She may be entitled to moore-marsden community interest in the first house, but it would not be much and she is entitled to the 2640 reimbursement claim if she can trace the 50K to separate property fund. You need an accountant and a good lawyer to do the math on this one.
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