Property Division: What Can I Keep and What Must be Divided?

Adam J. Blahnik, a Minnesota divorce and family law legal representative, explains how Minnesota is thought about a common law property State (or marital property State) as opposed to a community property State. He then details the distinction in between “marital property” and “non-marital property” in Minnesota.

So you discover yourself either contemplating divorce, or in the middle of a divorce in the State of Minnesota, and require to know what your rights are with regard to all the individual and real property owned by you or your spouse.
This article will touch on the “ins and outs” of property department in divorce procedures constant with the laws of the State of Minnesota. There are two competing teachings amongst the various Sates in this nation on how property rights are vested to married couples, – “common law property” states and “neighborhood property” states. Minnesota is thought about a typical law property state (or “marital property” state) when it comes to property rights during the marital relationship. In the United States, there are 10 States that are thought about “community property” states, which include: Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. This post deals particularly with typical law property rights within the State of Minnesota.

As a Minnesota divorce lawyer, it is important to meet thoroughly with divorce customers to ascertain all the property interests owned by the divorce clients and the “character” of those property rights. All property will be categorized as either “marital property” or “non-marital” property. There is an anticipation in the law that all property is marital. Therefore, it becomes the burden of the celebration attempting to categorize the property as non-marital to come forth with the necessary proof and evidence to consider the property non-marital.
So– what the heck am I discussing? What do I mean by marital property? … and non-marital property?

Per Minnesota divorce laws, all marital property will be divided equitably between the separating partners. Marital property includes all property owned by the spouses that is not otherwise categorized as non-marital property as explained below. To “equitably divide” the marital property does not necessarily imply to divide the property 50-50 between the spouses. In the majority of the Minnesota divorce cases, this is precisely what takes place. If there is a large variation in the partner’s earnings, the Courts may award to the lower wage earner a higher portion of the marital property.
So, what is non-marital property? In Minnesota, non-marital property includes any property that a spouse owned prior to the marriage; that a partner inherited at anytime, either prior to or during the marital relationship; or any property that was talented straight and exclusively to one of the partners (other than for presents from the other spouse). If property is classified as non-marital, then that spouse is entitled to all of such property, without needing to divide any portion of it with the other spouse.

To show the non-marital character of concrete personal effects is many times not that tough. Nevertheless, when we are dealing with various checking account, pension or financial investment accounts, things get a little more difficult. The partner must appropriately and thoroughly “trace” the non-marital funds from their beginning through the date of divorce. If the non-marital funds are combined with marital funds, then that has the effect of transforming all the funds to marital funds. Hence, it is very essential that the holder of non-marital funds keep such funds in a different account … nevertheless, it might not be the most pleasant discussion to have with your spouse when you discuss why you are keeping the funds in a separate account: “Honey– I am simply keeping the cash in a separate account, so in case we get divorced I will get to keep all the cash.”
Similarly, if a partner has a non-marital claim in property, it can be hard to trace such a claim. This happens when one spouse owns a home prior to the marriage, which has equity, then the celebrations offer that home and utilize the profits from the sale as a partial down payment towards the brand-new home, and so forth and so on.

There are lots of factors that enter into play with this– a lot of to discuss in this short article. Nevertheless, it needs to be noted that when computing a possible non-marital claim in real estate, the Courts determine “active gratitude” (i.e. appreciation of the property due to improvements) with “passive gratitude (i.e. appreciation of the property due to market forces). Further, if at any time during the course of owning the real estate, the actual equity in the property is decreased to no, then this has the impact of getting rid of any non-marital claim that may have existed.
As you can see, it can become rather complex and made complex in identifying and establishing whether any non-marital property exists as part of the marital relationship. It is always really crucial to talk with a certified Minnesota divorce legal representative to discuss your rights in the Minnesota divorce proceeding.