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By: tompmiller | June 29, 2018


Nonmarital property is property owned by one spouse. The Court has no jurisdiction over this property. A Judge cannot divide it and give some to one party and the rest to another. It remains with its owner.


Nonmarital property is whatever a spouse entered the marriage with. It also includes property acquired during the  marriage if it was acquired only with non-martial property. Other categories of one party's non-marital property, regardless of when acquired, are gifts to the party alone and inheritance.


In terms of gifts, arguments arise as to the intended recipient(s). A wedding gift is by definition marital, a gift to both parties. However, a gift of money or an item from one of the spouses parents and received well into the marriage...