Do I have to share Texas Lottery jackpot winnings with estranged husband of 6 years.

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Do I have to share Texas Lottery jackpot winnings with estranged husband of 6 years.

I live in the state of Texas. My husband moved out 09/2012 and we have not been
together since then. We are separated and both with other people since then. If I
win money over 50, 000.00 in the Texas Lottery do I have to legally share it
with him? I don’t even know where he lives in Texas. Our daughter is soon to be
22 years old so no underage children or property.

Asked on July 18, 2018 under Family Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

"Separated" is not divorced: since you are in a community property estate, any income or winnings while you are still married would be considered part of your community property and your husband would have an interest in or right to a share of it. You may wish to divorce him so as to fully disentangle yourself, legally and financially, from someone you have have shared a life with in more than half a decade.


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