What is Separate Property?

The separate property of a spouse includes the real property and personal property owned by that spouse before the marriage, acquired by that spouse during the marriage by gift, devise, or descent, as well as the increased value, rents, issues, and profits on that property. Property acquired by a spouse after service of a petition for dissolution of marriage, legal separation, or annulment is also that spouse’s separate property when the petition results in a final decree.