Family Gifts in Property


Dear Rusty:

Greetings. When you receive a gift from someone other than your spouse during the marriage, that gift is separate property. However, when you take that gift and invest it into jointly titled property, it becomes a gift to the marriage. It is still a distributional factor though that your separate property was gifted to the marriage. Best of luck.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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Over the years, I received “gifts” from blood relatives, which were invested in house and car. House and car are in both my name and my spouse’s. Since gifts and inheritances are not to be split by NC law, can the dollar amounts in joint property that were gifts to me still be considered mine?