• As someone who has had more dealings with law firms than the average person, business as well as personal over the years, I can tell you with certainty this firm is excellent. What we liked most was the way they were straight forward.... D.B. – Acworth, GA
  • Dear Mr. Johnson, I want to thank you for the professional and effective service that you provided for me. After almost three years trying to get my divorce and custody issues resolved, I honestly couldn't see an end in sight.... Sincerely, D.M.F. - Cartersville, GA
  • Thank you Tony P for being a wonderful blessing and friend to our family. In all my 68 years, I have never met a kinder person. With love, P.H. – Rydal, GA
  • Dear Tony, Thank you for your selfless commitment to our family. Please know that I will never take advantage of your generosity. I perish the thought of where we would be without you. Even after every dime is paid to you, we will eternally be in your debt. Warmest regards, T.C.H. – Athens, GA
  • Thank you so much Tony. I appreciate all that you have done. May God bless you. Tell Wendy thanks also. R – Cartersville, GA
  • Tony, Thank you! Poor B … was so wound up I thought he was going to burst. Thank you for giving him good, accurate information. In Christ, F.D.S. – Cartersville, GA
  • Mr. Perrotta, I'm sure you hear this all the time and hope that you can take another letter of gratitude. Our case pales in comparison to other issues that go on in the world today, but in our eyes and for our future, it is monumental.... R.C. – Marietta, GA
  • Tony, my life is more peaceful than it has ever been. Thank you for all you did to help make it so. I'm forever grateful. Merry Christmas, S – Cartersville, GA
  • Dear Tony, Thanks again for your hard work in helping me to protect my little girls. You have given me my life back. I will always be in your debt. Regards, T.L. – Cartersville, GA
  • I came to Tony Perrotta needing help in the worst kind of way. My daughter had lost her daughters into DFACS care. I wanted them to live with me, but DFACS literally refused to allow this to happen.... Laura F. – Cartersville, GA
  • I just want to thank Tony Perrotta for helping me with my issues. I work the midnight shift and arrived early for a morning meeting (before the firm opened). Tony was arriving early and asked me to come on in.... Mark T. – Marietta, GA
  • TOP NOTCH! These folks share the ups and downs of the emotional rollercoaster of Family Law and practice with fervent regard of each of their clients. My best… Kimberly G. – Cartersville, GA

Second marriages and separate property

Many people who enter second marriages or first marriages later in life have accumulated assets such as stocks accounts, real estate, and savings. While no one plans for a marriage to end in divorce, it's important to enter the marriage knowing what might happen to your property if divorce happens.

You may have heard that what you bring to a marriage is what you take out if the marriage ends in divorce. Unfortunately, that statement is not always true. There are things you can do during your marriage that can make your separate property become marital property.

Here are a few examples:

  • Suppose you deposit your personal savings into a savings or checking account you hold jointly with your spouse. Your separate property will become marital property, and your spouse is entitled to an equitable share.
  • Suppose refinance your home during your marriage. The mortgage company may ask that your spouse's name be added to the deed. If you do this, you just made a substantial gift to your spouse.
  • Suppose you move money or other assets around and don't save all of the paperwork. The burden of proving that your asset is separate property and not marital property falls upon you. If you can't prove an asset is separate property, it is marital property.

The list goes on. The moral of the story is don't rely on information that comes from friends or family members about what is and is not marital property. Instead, seek legal advice from a competent Georgia divorce lawyer.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us Today

How Can We Help You? Please fill out completely.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Cartersville Office
5 South Public Square
The Bradley Building
Cartersville, GA 30120

Phone: 678-792-4816
Fax: 770-386-1170
Cartersville Law Office Map

Calhoun Office
102 Court Street
Calhoun, GA 30701

Phone: 678-792-4816
Calhoun Law Office Map

Dalton Office
319 Selvidge Street
Dalton, GA 30721

Phone: 678-792-4816
Dalton Law Office Map

Dallas Office
206 East Memorial Drive
Dallas, GA 30132

Map & Directions

Dallas Office
(Main Office)
678-792-4816Local | 770-386-1170 Fax