Inheritance and Divorce – Perth Family Law

After separation, an inheritance may be considered with the rest of the asset pool, although the amount a spouse may be entitled to can depend on a variety of factors.

In Singerson v Joan [2015] FamCAFC 238, the husband received an inheritance the year of separation. The wife claimed she was entitled to a share, whilst the husband thought otherwise.

The trial judge calculated the wife’s share based on the four years from separation until judgment, and awarded her 46% of the total asset pool.

The appeal court held the view that the share be calculated on the basis of her contributions during the fifteen years of marriage, and awarded her 47.5% overall.

Property settlement can be complex. We therefore recommend you seek legal advice from one of our Perth family lawyers. We invite you to discuss your particular matter with our Legal Practitioner Director, Ms. Shannon Bodeker, who is very experienced in property settlement

Prior to your first appointment, you may send us an email, fax or similar, outlining your situation in as much detail as you like. This information will be read on a complimentary basis prior to your first family law appointment.

Please note this is not family law advice. It is important to seek advice specific to your circumstances. We are very experienced Perth family law solicitors and can provide you with the very best legal advice regarding property settlement.

Email our Legal Practitioner Director, Shannon Bodeker at, for your complimentary pre-read and first appointment at a reduced rate.