Dr Bowen’s Response: What happens to the property acquired during the marriage?

Question

What happens to the property acquired during the marriage?

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ENGLISH

Hi! My name is Dr. Deirdre Bowen. I am a professor at the Seattle University School of Law. The information that I am about to provide to you should be taken as just that: information and not legal advice. Another question that people frequently have is what happens if you get divorced to the property acquired during a marriage. In Washington state, we’re known as a community pro[erty state, which means that in general your assets acquired during a marriage, with some exceptions, as well as your debts are split 50/50. The good news, however, that you and your spouse can come to an agreement which seems fair to both of you as to how to split your assets prior to even going to court.

 

Español

Hola, mi nombre es Dra. Diedra Bowen. Soy una profesora en la Escuela de Leyes de la Universidad de Seattle. La información que estoy a punto de proporcionarte debe tomarse como eso, información y no como un consejo legal. Otra pregunta que las personas tienen frecuentemente es, ¿Qué sucede si te divorcias de la propiedad que adquiriste durante el matrimonio? En el estado de Washington, somos conocidos como un estado de propiedad comunitaria, lo que significa que en general, los activos adquiridos durante el matrimonio, con algunas excepciones, al igual que tus deudas, son divididos 50/50. La buena noticia, sin embargo, es que tú y tu pareja pueden llegar a un acuerdo que parezca justo a ambos acerca de cómo dividir sus activos antes de si quiera ir a la corte.

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