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I inherited a house some years ago in the State of Florida,

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I inherited a house some years ago in the State of Florida, now I am divorcing my wife, does she has any rights to this house?
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Hello and thank you for the opportunity to assist you. My name is ***** ***** I will do my very best to answer your legal questions.

No, the inherited house would not be subject to the equitable distribution laws since only marital property can be distributed. However, inherited property is not marital property, except in cases where you purposely turn it into marital property. For example, you can purposely designate the house as marital property. Or you could put your wife on the title to the house. Or perhaps if you lived in the house as the marital house, then she would have an argument. But in general, it would not be considered marital property, and would not be subject to distribution in a divorce.

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