Code of Civil Procedure 872.610 CCP – Plaintiff and defendant (Partition Actions)

California Code of Civil Procedure 872.610 is the California partition statute that specifies that the interests of all parties may be tried in the partition action. The statute provides that:

The interests of the parties, plaintiff as well as defendant, may be put in issue, tried, and determined in the action.

California Code of Civil Procedure 872.610

This reflects the scope of partition in that “[a]ll conflicting claims existing between the parties and arising out of their relationship as cotenants can be adjudicated in the partition action.”[1]Miller & Starr, Right of partition—Decree of partition, 4 Cal. Real Est. (4th ed.) § 11:18. Thus, the court is entitled to conduct an accounting, reimbursement of costs, expenses, and improvements by one cotenant.[2]Wallace v. Daley (1990) 220 Cal. App. 3d 1028, 1035–1038; see Code of Civil Procedure § 872.140 The court can also award offsets like attorney’s fees and costs, as well as partition referee fees.[3]Code of Civil Procedure 874.010(a); Code of Civil Procedure 874.040 Indeed: “The answer may set forth any claim the defendant has for contribution or other compensatory adjustment.” California Code of Civil Procedure 872.430. A trial court is entitled to “grant[ a] motion for summary adjudication on [a] cause of action for partition by sale… and to enter an interlocutory judgment directing partition of the Property by sale.” LEG Investments v. Boxler (2010) 183 Cal.App.4th 484, 497–98.

Indeed, in a partition, the court “may enter a judgment that one of the parties is the owner in fee of the land described in the complaint.” 48 Cal. Jur. 3d Partition § 14 (citing Livermore v. Webb (1880) 56 Cal. 489).

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References

References
1 Miller & Starr, Right of partition—Decree of partition, 4 Cal. Real Est. (4th ed.) § 11:18.
2 Wallace v. Daley (1990) 220 Cal. App. 3d 1028, 1035–1038; see Code of Civil Procedure § 872.140
3 Code of Civil Procedure 874.010(a); Code of Civil Procedure 874.040
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