When building a life together as husband and wife you will, no doubt, accumulate a lot of stuff. Normally, this isn’t a problem unless your marriage ends in divorce. At that point, you will be faced with the difficult, and sometimes contentious, task of dividing up your assets.
Some couples are lucky enough to reach settlement agreements on their own terms; others require the court to intercede. That is when property distribution becomes more complicated than simply deciding who wants a particular asset more. Understanding the legal definition of separate and community or martial property, as well as knowing which property ownership system your state observes, can help you better understand what to expect should you need to go to court. To learn more read, “How to Split Marital Assets During Divorce.”