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Whose Bonus Is It? – When May a Bonus Received After the Marriage Form Part of the Marital Estate?

Fighting over a dollarFor many couples, a spouse’s bonus is both a sign of an employer’s appreciation for the employee-spouse’s hard work and a significant portion of his or her total annual compensation. Because bonuses are often not paid out until months or years after entry of a divorce judgment, divorcing couples often ask the question – Whose bonus is it? Is a bonus part of the marital estate, divisible at settlement, or separate property, payable solely to the spouse who earned it through hard work? Read More ›

Categories: Distribution, Divorce