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Under the family law act she can.
If the marriage is a short marriage under 5 years then her claim would be minimal because the court would mainly look at contributions.
Longer mariages of over 10 years then the law would give her a share.
The following 4 steps are applied.
Step 1: Determine what the assets are and their value
This will include all assets and their value as at the day that you are dividing them. It does not matter whose name the assets are in, they will form part of the matrimonial pool. Superannuation entitlements are also included.
Step 2: Determine what contributions you and your Husband made towards the assets.
This includes a consideration of both financial and non-financial contributions. Consideration is given to what assets each of you brought into the marriage as well. The weight given to your initial contribution will be dependent upon the length of your relationship. The longer the relationship the less weight given to the initial contribution.
Step 3: What are each of your future needs.
Consideration is given to your respective ages, your comparitive income earning capacity as well as other factors.
IF these things don't balance equally for each spouse, then an adjustment is made in the percentages.
Step 4: Make an order that is just and equitable between both spouses
So if there is a dispute you have no alternative but to have the matter dealt with in the family court or the federal circuit court.
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