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Yes, I am fairly familiar as I practiced family law in Texas for 4 years.
Basically any income and assets purchased the day after you married are part of the community property. Yes, even if you were separated and no court order was in place then 50% of that income is also to be split with her. Any gifts you received directly i.e. an inheritance are not community property though.
So any income and savings she can claim as community property but you can also claim the same from her.
Although you were separated, you needed to file in court to be legally separated in order to avoid the ongoing community property issue.
Legal separation leaves open the door for reconciliation as opposed to divorce. I think once you file you ask the judge to simply order the divorce and each party retain ownership of what they currently have. It is hard to say what the impact of your foreign case would be.
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