Some Washington couples may be wondering what happens to their inheritance if they get divorced. It is important to know that what the inheritor has done with the inheritance may have a very direct impact on the answer to that question. The biggest factor is commingling, or the mixture of personal and marital assets.
Most people will bring some of their outside wealth into a marriage. By definition, any premarital assets are considered to remain the property of the spouse unless they are somehow commingled with martial property. For example, if one spouse had a savings account before the marriage and transferred the money into a joint account after the marriage, then that money would be considered martial property. The same idea holds true for inheritance. So long as the inheritance document names one spouse only, then that inheritance is personal property unless it becomes commingled.