What is Separate Property?

Separate property is all property owned by a person before marriage, property acquired during marriage by gift, bequest, devise, or descent, and any rents or profits from a separate property asset.

Typically, the character of property remains the same throughout marriage, unless you take action that would constitute a "transmutation" of the property to or from separate property of either spouse or community property.

If you have concerns about legal documents which seek to change an asset from community or separate property, you should consult with an attorney to understand the legal implications of such a transaction.

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