I have been married for 7 years and I have 8 children from a previous marriage. Am I entitled to my mother-in-law's house when she dies?

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Dear moneyist,

I have been married to my husband for seven years and we have a child together. I also have eight children from a previous marriage and he has one child from a previous marriage. His father died a few years ago and his mother's health is currently not good. I have a question about inheritance. My mother-in-law doesn't like me, so I can't talk to her about it.

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My question: Does my husband automatically inherit her home when she dies? He is her only living child. She lived in this house before my husband was born and I am not sure if she still has a mortgage. Am I entitled to my mother-in-law's house if my husband inherits it and he gets sick in advance or if we get a divorce?

Married for seven years

Dear married,

Better ask me than your husband or, thank God, his mother.

You may not like your mother-in-law, but you seem to care more about your home. If you plan to divorce your husband, you can say goodbye to him and your mother-in-law's home. Maryland is an equitable state and not a community-owned state. A divorce court is not obliged to divide the assets 50/50. (In a state that is owned by the community, all assets acquired during the marriage are considered marital property and are split 50/50.)

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In Maryland, if a spouse dies when minors are affected, the remaining spouse inherits 50% of intestinal property, that is, property that is not covered by a will and will. In such cases, each state follows its own laws that regulate such situations. The minor offspring – in this case the child you had together – then inherits everything else. Your children from a previous relationship are not considered to be your husband's descendants.

However, your husband's expected inheritance has another fold. Even in a community-owned state, gifts and inheritances are not considered to be marital property and are therefore not shared equally in the event of a divorce. The same applies to Maryland's law on fair distribution: your husband would keep his mother's home, provided he got sick of you. On the other hand, your only child and that of your husband would likely inherit your mother-in-law's house after he died.

In the meantime, I hope your mother-in-law fully recovers.

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