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I inherited $50,000 from my great aunt. Is my soon-to-be ex-spouse entitled to a portion of it?

Possibly. When property is acquired during marriage through an inheritance, it is considered the separate property of the recipient spouse. However, you must be able to prove that you did in fact inherit the property and that can be a complex and complicated task. For example, if you deposit the $50,000 into a shared checking or investment account, and the account fluctuates, how can you differentiate between what is yours and what is community property?

What you do with the property after you receive it can have serious consequences on its status in a divorce. If you inherit or are gifted a sum of any substance, it is vital that you hire a law firm with the experience to protect your assets.