Yep!! she was married to you at that time, she was your support when you couldn’t support yourself, you should be glad to give her a portion of that.
If the money you received was for repayment of medical expenses, or loss of earning capacity during the marriage, the money is marital property.
If you received any money for loss of consortium that money would be your Wife’s separate property.
Money you received to represent earnings you would receive after the date of separation are your separation property.
Money you received as compensation for pain and suffering and to compensate you for your disability is not marital property and you would not have to split it.
It will not be easy to divide up all these catagories and I recommend you consult with an experienced family law attorney.
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I received a large cash settlement this year from an accident that occured 10 years ago that left me with physical disabilities. My wife and I are talking about separating and my question is, is she entitled to 1/2 of the lawsuit settlement amount?