Joliet, IL asked in Divorce, Family Law, Banking and Workers' Compensation for Illinois

Q: My husband will be getting a workman's comp settlement soon. Can he legally keep the settlement to himself?

I have proof of the amount he will be receiving but he is lying about it. He has stated they haven't settled it yet, but my picture proof shows the amount and that he, my husband, has agreed to the amount. Our marriage is rocky so I suspect he will keep most of the settlement in a secret account. Can he do this?

1 Lawyer Answer
J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
  • Oak Brook Terrace, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: He can try to keep all of the settlement, but it is a marital asset, and your would be entitled to your equitable share of it if you were in an actual divorce situation. If there is no divorce case involved, he if free to do whatever he wishes with the settlement proceeds. You will be entitled to a portion of the funds if he still has some left when you divorce.

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