We have been together almost 20 years, kids are all grown, I'm afraid he'll run off with the money. There is no estate, just our own cars and personal household stuff. He will just want to keep all the money or give me maybe 20%, is that legal?
Child Custody Lawyer
Generally personal injury settlements are separate property but there are some arguments to make it community. One would be if the settlement was for lost wages, you could theoretically make an argument that those wages would be community property.
Would be best to keep it seperate for now and then consult with an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible.
Family Law Attorney
In Nevada, unlike other states, such as California, both of which are community property states, your divorce is not final until the Order comes down issuing a Decree of Divorce. That is when your estate is divided, in most cases. While Nevada is a community property state, which mandates and equal division of assets/debt, that is what most people call a 50/50 state and what I think you are referring to. As for a settlement, anything related to your loss as a "worker" is going to be considered a loss of community property (however, there is an argument for a physical injury that you must retain this as separate property, different from your lost wages). If you finalize a divorce now, via a Joint Petition agreement in advance, you would then likely be able to retain any recovery from workers' compensation that you get later (i.e. a PPD or other award, including lost wages), after a Decree issues.