Paraphernal Property Law and Legal Definition

Paraphernal property refers to property over which the wife has complete control. This property is not part of the wife’s dowry. The name paraphernal property comes from Greek which means "beyond the dowry".

In Louisiana, after January 1, 1980 all property acquired by the wife that is not community property is neither dotal nor extradotal. It is her separate property. [La. Civ. Code art. 2341]