There are a lot of nuances in answering your question. If you live in one of the eight community property states, the answer is that all assets acquired during the marriage are deemed to be owned 50% each. If you bring assets into the marriage and their kept separate and not in joint name, they may be exempt in a divorce as would an inheritance during the marriage that is maintained in one name and again never put in joint name. In the other 42 states that typically have was called equitable distributions, items to take into consideration are the length of the marriage, minor children, inheritances during the marriage and possibly assets brought into the marriage that are identifiable having been kept in separate names. The rules in these 42 states are at the very least, very diverse. I would strongly recommend retaining a qualified attorney who specializes in divorce and buying one hour of her/his time to see if they can be of help. If you decide to do this, be sure you have a written list of questions that you address rather than shooting from the hip. Good luck
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