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Restricted Stock Units (RSU's) in California Divorce Cases

RSU's have become more common in CA divorce cases. An RSU is a promise by an employer to issue a set number of shares to an employee in the future, upon satisfaction of certain vesting conditions. They can be either separate or community property (or part both) depending upon the facts.

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Marriage of Brown (1976) 15 C3d 838
Marriage of Frahm (1996) 45 Cal.App.4th 536, 544
Marriage of Lehman (1998) 18 C4th 169, 183
IRS “Section 83(b) election”
Fam. Code §760
Civ. Code §687
Marriage of Bonds (2000) 24 C4th 1, 12. A spouse that contends that certain property acquired during the marriage is separate has the burden to overcome the presumption that it is community. Marriage of Mix (1975) 14 Cal.3d 604.

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