When you decide to get a divorce, something that may be on your mind is an inheritance. For instance, imagine a situation where a parent or loved one passed away and left you money or assets. Does your soon-to-be-ex wife or husband deserve to have part of that inheritance? If your spouse wasn't mentioned, does that mean he or she wasn't meant to receive this gift?
Normally, according to law, inheritances aren't subject to equitable distribution requirements. This is because an inheritance isn't considered marital property. Inheritances are seen as belonging to the person they were given to; it's separate property that doesn't have to be divided in a divorce.