– from Lillian E. in West Allis, WI
I have been married for nearly 10 years. My husband and I recently decided that it was time for a divorce. During our marriage, my mother (who is very well off) sent me numerous gifts. They were meant for me alone. The gifts consisted of jewelry, money, luxury items, and furnishings. To be honest, I wanted the cash more than anything so I sold most of the jewelry and luxury items. I put some of the money in my own personal bank accounts, but the rest was put into our joint account. This money was used for living expenses, home repairs and maintenance, and normal expenditures. Is the money and gifts I kept considered part of our joint marital estate?
Family Law Attorney