If You Marry Late In Life

Dear Terrij,

The property you owned before you got married remains your separate property. There are some exceptions, for example if you owned a house and retitled it into both names it is now considered joint property. If you used your separate money to purchase property you put in both names that would also be considered marital property.

Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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I married late in life and have been married for almost three years. In the event of a divorce, does the property i aquired prior to the marriage count as property divided by both spouses?