In Missouri, property is characterized as either marital or non-marital property, and this applies to real estate, personal property, vehicles, retirement plans, bank accounts, debts, and any other type of property. Marital property is any property acquired between the date of the marriage and the date of the divorce. Non-marital property is any property that was owned prior to the marriage, or acquired during the marriage by gift or inheritance. Note that sometimes non-marital property can become marital property, or non-marital property can have a marital component. Non-marital property will be awarded to the party who owns it, and marital property and debt is usually divided equally. However, marital misconduct or other factors occasionally can justify an unequal division.