Moving on

If the funds from your personal injury settlement were for pain and suffering they are your separate property, if they were a reimbursement for past medical bills, lost wages or future lost wages, they may be marital in nature. I would need to know the exact nature of your settlement to answer your question.

He may be able to physically stop you from removing these items from the home, but if you go to litigation they will be returned to you (provided they are actually separate).

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If I bought furniture, washer/dryer, and fridge during our marriage but with personal injury settlement funds and funds from a 401k prior to marriage does he have any rights to these purchases? Also if I move out per my attorney’s advice to get the separation started because he and his attorney will not respond to the separation papers we sent can he stop me from taking things from the home as well as our child? My attorney will file for custody when I leave.