Rights to equitable distribution


#1

it depends. You split anything acquired during the marriage. If the bonus was for only your last 6 months of work than no he doesnt have legal rights. But if you have been married for 15 years and the bonus was for working there for 10 years than yes he would have marital interest in the bonus.


#2

WELL, I’M ALMOST IN THE SAME BOAT AND I NEED SOME ADVICE TOO. MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE BEEN MARRIED FOR 3 1/2 YEARS, IT WILL BE 4 IN APRIL. HE HAS BEEN THE SOLE PROVIDER FOR EVERYTHING. HE HAS RECENTLY TOLD ME THAT HE WANTS A DIVORCE. HE DOESN’T WANT TO DO COUNSELING HE JUST DOESN’T THINK THINGS WILL GET BETTER AND IT’S SMALL SIMPLE THINGS. SO HE SAID “WE’RE GETTING A DIVORCE AND WE’RE NOT MARRIED ANYMORE.” WE HAVEN’T FILED FOR DIVORCE OR SEPERATION OR ANYTHING BESIDES HIM SAYING IT. HE SAID HE’S GOING TO WAIT UNTIL HE GETS BACK FROM IRAQ IN JAN 2008 SO I CAN FIND A PLACE FOR ME AND THE KIDS TO STAY BACK HOME. HE’S LEAVING IN FEB AND WILL START RECIEVING PAY IN MAY AND A REENLISTMENT BONUS IN OCTOBER. HE SAYS IT WILL BE HIS MONEY AND NOT OUR MONEY EVEN THOUGH WE’LL STILL BE MARRIED. HE’S HAVING IT SENT TO HIS SAVINGS ACCOUNT THAT I’M NOT ON.DOES ANYONE THINK I SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO ANYTHING?


#3

Dear Nanzi:

Greetings. If the bonus is payment for work performed while you still lived together, then yes, he may be entitled to a portion of it. Thank you.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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#4

All:

Me and my husband have seperated in September and have split up most of our accounts already. In February I will be receiving a bonus and was wondering if he has legal rights to that as well - thank you.