Can my wife collect money from my business if we’re separated?

I left my wife at the age of 19. She has lived in a different state for 20 years. I’m currently 41. We’ve had no contact since our separation. We have no children and do not own any assets together. We have no legal documentation stating our separation. Can she collect money from my business I currently own. I opened the business 2 years ago. I also have a business partner/co- owner of my company.

Asked on February 17, 2016 under Family Law, Michigan

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Since you and your wife have been separated for 22 years,  the length of time is evidence that you have no intent to reunite.  Therefore, your wife has no claim to your income after separation where there is no intent to reunite.


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