If my marriage ends in divorce, is my spouse entitled to anything that I owned before the marriage?
I live in NJ and I'm thinking about getting married. I own good stocks and 2 homes. One home is in FL. If the marriage ends in divorce is my spouse entitled to anything that I owned before the marriage?
If your marriage ends in divorce, a whole host of laws come into play in your state, which follows equitable distribution laws.
If any part of the separate property you own is commingled with the household assets in any way, shape or form, whether it be dividends from stocks and bonds, rents from the home, or increase in equity of those homes during the marriage, if your spouse helped pay or you paid the mortgages while you earned the money during the marriage, the spouse may be able to get a piece of that separate property.
The best thing to do is talk to (sit down with all the paperwork you have) a lawyer in your state who specializes in such matters and figure out the best options for you in terms of those assets, whether it be a prenuptial agreement or securing them in such a manner that monies can never be commingled and they generate monies on their own which pays their own expense, and the like.
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