The Acquisition of Assets with Spousal Funds

11 Państwo i Prawo 83 (2011)

Posted: 16 Mar 2013  

Anna Stępień-Sporek

University of Gdańsk School of Law; Stępień-Sporek, Pawelski, Stoppa Spółka Partnerska Kancelaria Radców Prawnych i Adwokatów (Law Office)

Margaret Ryznar

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

In the comparative context, this article considers the treatment, upon divorce, of commingled property — marital property mixed with the separate property of spouses. In the United States, separate property becomes commingled, and therefore marital property, if these two property types are mixed together such that they lose their identities. Exceptions to this general rule include if the separate property significantly outweighs the marital property being commingled, or if the commingled property can be traced to separate property by clear and convincing evidence. In Poland, different rules govern, and, after considering these two country’s approaches, this article offers comparative conclusions and guidelines for legislators.

Keywords: Family law, domestic relations, comparative law, comparative family law, commingling, marital property, separate property, commingling

Suggested Citation

Stępień-Sporek, Anna and Ryznar, Margaret, The Acquisition of Assets with Spousal Funds (2011). 11 Państwo i Prawo 83 (2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2234174

Anna Stępień-Sporek

University of Gdańsk School of Law ( email )

Jana Bażyńskiego 6
Gdańsk, 80-180
Poland

Stępień-Sporek, Pawelski, Stoppa Spółka Partnerska Kancelaria Radców Prawnych i Adwokatów (Law Office) ( email )

ul. Jana Matejki 21/2
Gdańsk, 80-232
Poland

Margaret Ryznar (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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