Laura Gottlieb explains the rules governing property division during divorce:
Illinois classifies property in two ways: marital property and non-marital property. Marital property consists of assets and/or debts acquired during the marriage. This property will be divided between the spouses pursuant to a divorce. Non-marital property includes property acquired prior the marriage, by gift, inheritance, and property excluded pursuant to a valid prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. This property must be kept separate from your spouse to maintain a non-marital classification in a divorce proceeding.
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