Q: I inherited $ from a grandparent. I used part of the money to buy a vehicle. My ex says it's now 1/2 hers. True?
I live in Idaho. Is this my property because of this or is my ex entitled to 1/2? Thanks
A: The legal answer is always, "It depends".
In Utah, your inheritance is your inheritance. However, it does depend on whether you commingled your inheritance money with marital assets prior to your divorce. For example, did you put the money in a joint bank account before you purchased the vehicle? Did you put your ex's name on the title of the vehicle? Did you also use marital funds to purchase, repair, maintain or insure the vehicle? If so, it is likely that you commingled that part of your inheritance (the part used to buy the vehicle) with the marital estate, making it part of the marital estate, thus subjecting it to division in a divorce.
You need to consult with a qualified attorney with further specifics regarding your situation to get a fully informed and final answer to your question.
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