In his Matrimonial Practice column, Timothy M. Tippins, an adjunct professor at Albany Law School, writes that early on in the development of the equitable distribution law, the courts created a theory holding that when a married person puts separate property into joint title with his or her spouse, it instantly and alchemically becomes marital property. The theory has resulted in a welter of confusion as exemplified by a pair of recent decisions from the Third Department.
Transmutation Theory: Cornucopia of Chaos
New York Law Journal
July 5, 2012
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