What does “acquired” mean?

Michigan is a no fault state; meaning that, if you ask the County for divorce, you will have that request granted. You do not have to allege that your spouse has done anything wrong. You must however, allege that there has been a breakdown in the marriage.

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  1. What does “acquired” mean?

Question: What does “acquired” mean?

Answer: Michigan courts have defined the term “acquired” as the ongoing
process of making payment for property. Under this definition,
characterization of property as nonmarital or marital depends upon
the source of each contribution as payments are made, rather than
the time at which legal or equitable title to or possession of the
property is obtained. So, for example, a house that had been
acquired by one spouse, subject to a mortgage, prior to a marriage,
is initially wholly nonmarital property; as mortgage payments are
made out of marital funds during the marriage, the property
becomes partially marital.

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