When filing for divorce, one of the biggest issues that arises has to do with property. Do I have to split up property that I’ve had before I got married? The answer to this question is no. According to the Superior Court of Arizona, not all property is considered community property.

The state law says that property of all types owned by a person before marriage can remain that person’s property. Gifts and inheritances are also included in the separate property clause. All gifts and inheritances that are given to one of the spouses during the marriage remains the spouse’s property.

If some of your property gets tangled up with community property, you made need to provide proof in order to claim the piece of property as your own. Community debts will also be divided up by the court. Any debts or bills that were accumulated during the marriage will be divided up regardless of who purchased or accumulated those debts.

If you have additional questions regarding property and the division of debt, contact a skilled JacksonWhite divorce attorney. To schedule a consultation with divorce lawyer Timothy Durkin, call (480) 779-7972.