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Virginia Marital Property Laws

All property acquired by a married couple after the official date of the marriage is considered "marital property," and thus subject to the laws of property division upon divorce. A few states recognize the concept of "community property," in which all possessions are divided equally, but Virginia and most other states do not. Instead, Virginia marital property laws consider teh nature of each piece of property and which party is most likely to use a given item.

The following table lists the main provisions of Virginia's marital property laws. See FindLaw's Divorce and Property section for additional articles.

Community Property Recognized? No, but Uniform Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act (UDCPRDA) adopted. (§§64.1-197, et seq.)
Dower And Curtesy Dower and curtesy abolished unless vested before January 1, 1991 (§64.1-19.2)

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

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