Before the seperation it was in the process to receive a large sum of money from wifes grandparents who reside in California. Wife and I live in Washington State. the money would be gifted in her name. If it is not indicated as a gift" is there another way it could become community property? We have been married for 8 years.
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It sounds as if your wife if your spouse is going to receive a large monetary award called a gift before you formalize any separation then it is community property as opposed to a loan. If the amount is large enough or if your marital estate is financially solvent you may want to retain a local attorney. Take care and I hope that things work out.
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