Will getting married change who owns your home?
It depends on when your spouse acquired the property and where you live. In California, all property bought during the marriage with income that was earned during the marriage is deemed "community property." The law implies that both spouses own this property equally, regardless of which name is on the title deed.
Is it better to buy a house before or after marriage?
If you buy a house before marriage, you will likely be assessed individually. If one of you has poor credit, it may be better to buy a house after marriage to increase the likelihood of obtaining a loan. Once you're married, the individual with better credit has the option of applying for the loan on his or her own.
Is a house a premarital asset?
Owning a house before marriage of course means it is premarital property. It also does mean you should have a separate property interest in it during divorce.
How does separate property become marital property?
Transmutation is a term used in family law to describe property that has been transformed from a party's separate property into marital property. A spouse's separate property includes all property he or she owned prior to the marriage, acquired by gift from a third-party during the marriage, or received by inheritance.