I purchased a firearm while I was married to my wife. It is registered in my name and now that we are divorcing, she wants it.
Is my gun considered my personal property or is it marital property subject to division?
In Oklahoma (where I practice) and other states, property obtained during the marriage is marital property unless it is a gift, was inherited, or was purchased with separate funds (funds that were gifted or inherited and not commingled with marital funds).
If the gun was purchased with marital funds, it is marital property and subject to the jurisdiction of the court and an equitable distribution upon divorce. It does not matter that the gun was registered in only your name if the gun was purchased with marital funds.
Equitable distribution does not mean everything has to be divided exactly in half – it merely means that the division of property needs to be fair given the circumstances of the parties. In a valuation of your marital estate, you may be able to “exchange” this piece of marital property for another piece of marital property of roughly equal value.
For more information on this topic or to obtain specific answers to your situation based on your facts and circumstances contact an attorney in your jurisdiction. Please be advised that my answering of this question does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.
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Katherine V. Lewis is an Associate Attorney in the Tulsa, Oklahoma office of Cordell & Cordell where she practices family law exclusively with a focus on men’s divorce. Ms. Lewis is licensed in the state of Oklahoma. Ms. Lewis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma. She then continued her education to receive her Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.