What are some examples of separate property?

As you might guess, each state has its own rules as to what is separate and marital property. Your lawyer or mediator can assist you in determining what is separate and marital property. That said, some broad definitions could be given.

Property acquired before the marriage and not shared with the spouse is considered separate property. Also, as noted above, in some states gifts and inheritances are considered separate property. In other states, these same gifts and inheritances would be considered separate property only if they were also kept separate from the spouse and not shared.