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Am I entitled to 50% of my wife’s inheritance?

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Additional Info: I’ve supported my wife and family in Wellesley for 21 years. We are now going through a divorce and she just received an inheritance of over $500,000.  Am I entitled to 50%?

Attorney Answer:

A Court has a wide latitude of discretion and will consider several factors in determining what, if any, portion of an inheritance a divorcing spouse will receive.  An inheritance is a marital asset that is subject to equitable division, but it may not be a 50-50 split.  As stated, the Court looks at several factors including length of marriage, how long ago the inheritance was received, to what extent the parties relied on the inheritance, etc.

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