When Do I Stop Accumulating Marital Property in an Arkansas marriage?

In some ways, dividing the marital property during an Arkansas divorce is like reading the gas meter. You had a certain number before you started, so you just measure how much the meter has moved and that’s what’s in the marital estate. Short version: stuff you owned before marriage is yours.  Stuff you got while you were married is marital property. It is pretty straightforward to know what day the meter started running: The date of marriage. The second question is figuring out whether specific types of property qualify as marital property under Arkansas law. If not, they get excluded, which means they don’t move the meter. Things like an inheritance, gifts from people outside the marriage, and businesses owned before getting married don’t move the meter. These are obviously the sort of issues that Arkansas divorce lawyers spend their time fighting about. The third question is when the meter should stop running. Because most divorces take several…

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