Your wife could be entitled to post-separation support if she earns less than you do. Its never a bad idea to sit down and discuss settlement, however, I think you should talk to an attorney for a consultation before you do so. An attorney representing your wife is not allowed to give you legal advice.
Personal injury settlements are considered part marital and part separate. The recovery for lost wages and for the automobile is marital. The recovery for physical and emotional injury to your wife is her separate property.
Lisa M. Angel
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27607
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