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In S.C. , the property you owned before marriage considered

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In S.C. , the property you owned before marriage considered part of both parties at divorce?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 2 years ago.

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Property acquired by a spouse before the marriage is specifically defined as non-marital property by S.C. Code of Laws, Section 20-3-630. Non-marital property is not subject to equitable distribution during divorce.
The only exception is if the other spouse's name was added to the property or the property was otherwise commingled with marital assets. Also note that if mortgage payments were made during the marriage, the non-owner spouse may be entitled to reimbursement for half of those payments (but does not have an ownership interest in the house without a written agreement saying so).
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