Answer: In order to protect your assets going into a marriage, the most important question for the court is: Has their character been transformed by the marriage? Meaning, has that property gone from being separate property to marital property? The most common ways that separate property that starts off as an asset of one party or another becomes marital is that one party either gets or re-titles that money whether for tax purposes or some other reason. They may transform the character of the property unintentionally by adding the name of their new spouse to that asset. So, oftentimes the court will look to the intent of the party. Other times, the fact that you added that person to the title will speak to that intent and then it will be a rebuttable presumption of a gift and we will have to try our best after that situation to rebut the presumption of a gift. But, we can obviously argue the facts as they are presented to try to show that that is still a separate asset. So, often times these are questions of fact for the court. The court will hear all of the evidence and make a decision about whether that’s a separate asset still or whether you’ve transformed the character of that asset into marital property.