Yes. For real estate that might otherwise be classified as separate property (because it was owned before marriage or acquired during the marriage by gift or inheritance), it may become marital property if the other spouse’s name is added to the deed. Also, if property that is otherwise separate increases in value during the marriage through “active appreciation” this increase in value may also be classified as marital property. The law pertaining to “active appreciation” and “passive appreciation” is very complicated and North Carolina Family Law Specialist Monty Beck is available to discuss it and determine how it may apply to your case.
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