14 July 2011 0 Comments

Divorce and inheritance

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I have been asked time and again if an inheritance received before a divorce has to be divided equally.  This subject comes up when the couple starts dividing their assets.  It has to be decided if an inheritance is separate property or a marital asset.

This subject can be unfair especially if the money came from one of the partner’s parents or family member.  The court will look to see if this money was used by the family as a whole or if it was kept separate from the marital assets.

If the monies were kept separate, there is a good chance the court will allot them back to the party who inherited it, especially if the inheritance was received recently.

If you are headed towards divorce court and have recently received an inheritance from a family member, contact an experienced Riverside Family Law attorney who will explain your legal options.

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