On October 20, 2020, with Anne Hamer, we offered on the Tennessee Society of CPAs Forensic and Valuation Companies Conferences.  Appreciation of Separate Property: The Forensic Accountant’s Full Employment Act is a substantive presentation on the subtleties of classification.  Classification is the dedication of whether or not an asset is separate property or marital property topic to division by the Tennessee divorce courts.  Below Tennessee household regulation, the appreciation of separate property could be categorized as both marital or separate property.

Anne Hamer & Miles Mason, Sr. spoke collectively additionally to the TSCPA Memphis Chapter in 2019.


Anne Hamer | Nashville and Memphis
Miles Mason, Sr. | Miles Mason Household Legislation Group, PLC, Memphis

On this sequence of weblog posts, we embody parts of the presentation supplies.  Inside the Tennessee Household Legislation Weblog, they’re tagged Forensic Accounting, Property Division Classification, and Enterprise Valuation when applicable.

Instances mentioned are organized into sort of asset as follows:

[Blogger’s note: Cases listed below will be updated to hyperlinks as blogs post.]

Monetary Belongings:

  • Premarital Balances, However Not Beneficial properties, in Retirement Accounts Had been Separate Property
  • For Property to Transmute, Substantial Contribution Should Relate On to the Asset
  • Whether or not Retirement Advantages are Vested Irrelevant for Figuring out Separate or Marital
  • Assist Throughout Marriage Was One Issue of Substantial Contribution When It Resulted in Preservation of Asset
  • Funding Recommendation and Use of Phrase “Ours” Had been Inadequate to Transmute Spouse’s Belief Fund

Actual Property:

  • Dramatic Appreciation in Property Worth Was Results of Freeway Coming By way of and Not Partner’s Substantial Contribution; Due to this fact Property Curiosity Remained Separate
  • Inflicting Fireplace Doesn’t Rely as a Substantial Contribution and Property Stays Different Partner’s Separate Property
  • Premarital Property Remained Separate Property Regardless of Couple Securing Line of Credit score


  • Nonowner Partner Fails to Show Appreciation of Chiropractic Follow
  • Employment Not a Substantial Contribution to Household Enterprise
  • Skilled Goodwill of Medial Follow is Separate Property
  • Lawyer’s Belongings Might Be Marital Property However Skilled Goodwill is Separate Property
  • Enterprise Goodwill of Dental Follow is Separate When Intertwined with Skilled Goodwill

Different Belongings (Money, Private Property):

  • Property Misplaced Previous to Divorce No Longer Exists and Can’t Be Marital Property
  • Items to Spouse Throughout Marriage Are Her Separate Property


We start with the related statute:

Tennessee Code Annotated 36-4-121. Distribution of marital property.

(B) (i) “Marital property” consists of revenue from, and any enhance within the worth through the marriage of, property decided to be separate property in accordance with subdivision (b)(2) if every occasion considerably contributed to its preservation and appreciation;

(ii) “Marital property” consists of the worth of vested and unvested pension advantages, vested and unvested inventory choice rights, retirement, and different fringe profit rights accrued because of employment through the marriage;

(iii) The account steadiness, accrued profit, or different worth of vested and unvested pension advantages, vested and unvested inventory choice rights, retirement, and different fringe advantages accrued because of employment previous to the wedding, along with the appreciation of the worth, shall be “separate property.” In figuring out appreciation for functions of this subdivision (b)(1)(B)(iii), the court docket shall make the most of any cheap methodology of accounting to attribute postmarital appreciation to the worth of the premarital advantages, though contributions have been made to the account or accounts through the marriage, and though the contributions have appreciated in worth through the marriage; supplied, nevertheless, the contributions made through the marriage, if made because of employment through the marriage and the appreciation attributable to those contributions, can be “marital property.” When figuring out appreciation pursuant to this subdivision (b)(1)(B)(iii), the ideas of commingling and transmutation shall not apply;

(iv) Any withdrawals from belongings described in subdivision (b)(1)(B)(iii) used to amass separate belongings of the worker partner shall be deemed to have come from the separate portion of the account, as much as the entire of the separate portion. Any withdrawals from belongings described in subdivision (b)(1)(B)(iii) used to amass marital belongings shall be deemed to have come from the marital portion of the account, as much as the entire of the marital portion;

(Emphasis added.)

Please see the weblog posts featured on this sequence:



Appreciation of Premarital Retirement Accounts Separate Property Again Thanks to Tennessee Divorce Law Change

For extra case regulation examples and analysis, please go to the next pages on MemphisDivorce.com:


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