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New Jersey Marital Property Laws

When you get married, the property acquired during the marriage is called "marital property," although it only becomes relevant when a couple gets divorced. A few states recognize the concept of "community property," in which all property is considered to be jointly owned, but most states (including New Jersey) do not. Therefore, New Jersey residents have more legal options for how marital property is owned and divided upon divorce.

The following chart lists the specifics of New Jersey marital property laws. See FindLaw's Divorce and Property section to learn more.

Community Property Recognized? No
Dower And Curtesy Dower and curtesy abolished as to all property obtained after May 28, 1980 (3B:28-2); some rights exist re property obtained before that date (3B:28-1, et seq.)

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New Jersey divorce attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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