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I won my lawsuit, do I need to share compensation with my spouse?

When you win personal injury lawsuit, the compensation is for you. It is specific to the person who was injured and is not marital property.

In some cases, if a spouse is jointly named in the lawsuit, such as for loss of consortim, they may be entitled to some money specific for their claim. This amount is a very small fraction of the case, and would be specified in a verdict but not in a settlement.

Some spouses who win a verdict or settlement keep this money separate, but others who comingle funds keep all their joint money together and then it would become part of the joint marital funds.

 

 

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