Date of Classification for Property Upon Divorce

The Date of Classification ( Also known as Cut-off Date or The Date the Marriage Ended ) represents the point in time when laws of each state consider that you and your spouse no longer can acquire marital property. After this date any property you acquire is considered yours.

Keep in mind the laws for each state vary regarding the Date of Classification.

STATE DATE MARRIAGE ENDED (Classification Date)
Alabama: Date the Complaint for Divorce is filed. If there is no Complaint Date use todays date.
Alaska: Date of Separation. If there is no Separation Date use todays date.
Arizona: Date of Petition for Dissolution - preferred. If there is no Dissolution Date use todays date.
Arkansas: Date the Complaint for Divorce is filed. If there is no Complaint Date use todays date.
California: Date of Separation. If there is no Separation Date use todays date.
Colorado: Date of Dissolution - preferred. If there is no Dissolution Date use todays date.
Connecticut: Date of Separation. If there is no Separation Date use todays date.
Dist of Columbia: Date of Divorce - preferred. If not Divorced use todays date.
Delaware: As close as possible to the date of trial. If there is no trial date use todays date.
Florida: Date of Petition for Dissolution. If there is no Petition for Dissolution Date use todays date.
Georgia: Date of the Final Separate-Maintenance Decree or the Date of the Final Divorce Decree. If these dates do not exist use todays date.
Hawaii: Date of Final Separation in Contemplation of Divorce.
Idaho: Date of Divorce - preferred. If not Divorced use todays date.
Illinois: Date of Dissolution - preferred. If there is no Dissolution Date use todays date.
Indiana: Date of Final Separation. If there is no Separation Date use todays date.
Iowa: As close as possible to the date of trial. If there is no trial date use todays date.
Kansas: Date of Filing of the Divorce Petition. If there is no Petition Date use todays date.
Kentucky: Date of Decree of Dissolution of Marriage. If not Divorced use todays date.
Louisiana: Date of Final Judgement of Divorce. If not Divorced use todays date.
Maine: Date of Judgement of Divorce. If not Divorced use Complaint Date or todays date.
Maryland: Date of Divorce. If not Divorced use todays date.
Massachusetts: Date of Divorce. If not Divorced use todays date.
Michigan: Date the Complaint for Divorce is filed. If there is no Complaint Date use todays date.
Minnesota: Date of Dissolution - preferred. If there is no Dissolution Date use todays date.
Mississippi: Bill of Complaint for Divorce. If Complaint not filed use todays date.
Missouri: As close as possible to the date of trial. If there is no trial date use todays date.
Montana: Date of Dissolution - preferred. If there is no Dissolution Date use todays date.
Nebraska: Date of Dissolution - preferred. If there is no Dissolution Date use todays date.
Nevada: Date of Decree of Divorce. If not Divorced use todays date.
New Hampshire: Date of Petition for Divorce. If there is no Petition Date use todays date.
New Jersey: Date of Complaint. If there is no Complaint Date use todays date.
New Mexico: Date of Divorce. If not Divorced use todays date.
New York: Date of Commencement of Divorce Action. If there is no Commencement Date use todays date.
North Carolina: Date of Separation. If there is no Separation Date use todays date.
North Dakota: As close as possible to the date of trial. If there is no trial date use todays date.
Ohio: Date is Discretionary. Suggest using Complaint for Divorce Date or Petition for Dissolution Date.
Oklahoma: Date is Discretionary. Suggest using Petition for Divorce Date or todays date.
Oregon: Date of Separation. If there is no Separation Date use todays date.
Pennsylvania: Date of Separation. If there is no Separation Date use todays date.
Rhode Island: As close as possible to the date of trial. If there is no trial date use todays date.
South Carolina: Date of Filing Complaint for Divorce. If there is no Complaint Date use todays date.
South Dakota: Date of Separation. If not Separated use todays date.
Tennessee: As close as possible to the date of Final Divorce Hearing. If there is no trial date use todays date.
Texas: Date of Divorce. If not Divorced use todays date.
Utah: Date of Divorce Decree. If not Divorced use todays date.
Vermont: Date of Separation. If there is no Separation Date use todays date.
Virginia: Date of Separation. If there is no Separation Date use todays date.
Washington: Date when either or both of the parties perceive the rift in their relationship as final.
West Virginia: Date of Filing Complaint for Divorce. If there is no Complaint Date use todays date.
Wisconsin: Date of Divorce. If not Divorced use todays date.
Wyoming: Date of Complaint for Divorce. If there is no Complaint Date use todays date.


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