If you own property before you get married can your spouse take it from you if you divorce? 8 Answers as of May 15, 2013

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Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
If you are in Florida and owned it AND it was paid for prior to the marriage, the answer is most likely NO. However, if not paid for prior to the marriage, then your spouse probably has an interest in it. If you are divorcing, you should consult with an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 5/15/2013
Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock
Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock | Arlene D. Kock
If the property was kept separate and traceable as belonging to you, the court has the power to award the asset to you as your separate property.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/15/2013
Kunin &Carman | Ishi Kunin
If you kept the property separate and apart from the community, it remains separate. If you put your spouse's name on the property, or if you used community monies to maintain the property, the spouse might have an interest.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 5/15/2013
Elizabeth Jones, A Professional Corporation
Elizabeth Jones, A Professional Corporation | Elizabeth Jones
That would be separate property. But if any community property money was used on it the community may be entitled to reimbursement.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/15/2013
Peters Law, PLLC
Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
The spouse cannot take it from you, although in the right circumstances, your spouse may be entitled to half of the value of the property. However, if you have maintained the property as your separate property, you spouse is not entitled to any of it.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 5/15/2013
    James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C.
    James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C. | James T. Weiner
    It depends upon a number of factors most specifically if you did something to make that property marital property.. Such as investing a significant amount of money in a premarital home to expand it during the marriage.(I.e. if you kept it separate its not marital property) Contact a knowledgeable attorney to be sure.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/15/2013
    Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
    No, unless you commingle it with community property. Property you had before your marriage is your separate property and if kept separate is not subject to division by the court during a dissolution.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/14/2013
    Ellis & Abouelsood | John Danelon
    Generally speaking, any property owned before marriage remains the separate property of the owner before, during and after marriage, in community property states. However, based on the nature of the property and usage thereof, it may be possible to unintentionally change the property, such as intermingling separate funds with community funds.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/14/2013
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