Q: What happens in a separate maintenance decree after death?
Couple was living separately for 10 years, have no children, and the decree provided ~50/50 split of assets. Does the surviving spouse still have all the rights as a primary beneficiary if the other spouse dies intestate? Next of kin are surviving siblings.
A: If a couple is living under a separate maintenance agreement when one of them dies, the couple is considered married for all purposes of inheritance. hose rights however can be altered by the terms of the separate maintenance agreement.
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