Professional Education as Marital Property

By Lauren Williams

How to account for professional education upon divorce is only an issue when the education was obtained during the divorce.  If so, how the education was paid for may be an issue.  The classic situation is when one spouse works to support the other one while he or she obtains a professional education.  The degree itself is not marital property, however, many states will take the degree into consideration based on the increased earning potential or that the spouse that worked to support the other spouse while obtaining the education is entitled to compensation.

Lauren Williams

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Lauren Williams is a legal writer for and the USA Law Network.