How Does Maryland Law Define Property In A Divorce Case?
In terms of marriage, Maryland law defines property in divorce cases in one of two ways. It’s either marital property or non-marital property, and those are the two distinctions that a court can draw when examining at a piece of property. If it’s marital then it’s subject to division by the court. If it’s non-marital then it’s not subject to the court’s jurisdiction and either belongs to one spouse or the other spouse at the time of trial/settlement.
Is Maryland A Joint Or Community Property State? What Does It Mean?
In Maryland, we don’t use the term “community property”. We just consider things to be marital property. Anything that is purchased during the marriage is considered marital property by the court. Inheritance and gifts (to one spouse only) even if acquired during the marriage are still considered non-marital by the court (subject to argument, of course). Everything is subject to argument but a clear/concise definition of what we consider to be marital property is any property (real and/or personal) acquired from
What Factors Can Affect The Division Of Assets And Debts In A Divorce In Maryland?
The biggest factor (again) that can affect the division of assets and debts in
What Happens If I Owned A Property Before Marriage And Put The Property In Both Of Our Names During The Marriage? How Is That Property Divided?
If you owned
Now, I don’t want you to be confused based on the assertion I made in earlier (that Maryland is Not a title state)…therefore, it is NOT the placing of your spouse’s name on a deed or car title that makes the property partially marital but how the property is treated thereafter, and the funds used on the property during the marriage. The courts will look to see if marital funds have been used in the property during the marriage; most of the time the answer is going to be yes; especially if both spouses are living in the house at the same time. Marital funds are ALL sources of income from either spouse once you say “I do”. Your paycheck is his/her paycheck and vice versa.
What If I Attained Property During the Course of The Marriage Through Inheritance or Gift? What Then Does The Court Do In Terms of Division?
If you attained property during the course of the marriage through inheritance or gift (to one spouse only) then by definition that property is non-marital. If the gift is to the couple then it belongs to both spouses. When you start to use marital funds on
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