Common Stock

Your husband would be entitled to one-half of the property acquired during the marriage. For the stock, he would be entitled to one half of the stock and the resulting dividends purchased during the marriage. Any stock or dividends purchased before your marriage or after your date of separation are your separate property.

Lisa M. Angel
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Rosen Law Firm
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I bought common stock (with company matching contributions)over a period of 10 years and was unmarried except for the last year (10th year). Then quit the job to relocate. Now 20 years later my husband is suing for divorce and equitable distribution. I have never sold any of the stock and it is still held by the company including dividends which were reinvested (this is not a 401K or retirement program). Is husband entitled to any part of the stock (held solely in my name)? It was bought through payroll deductions, but we were married during that last year? If he gets any, does he also get dividends that would be derived from the stock? Please help.